Representations of the BondiMetznerSachs group in three spacetime dimensions in the Hilbert topology I. Determination of the representations
Abstract
The original Bondi$$MetznerSachs (BMS) group B is the common asymptotic symmetry group of all asymptotically flat Lorentzian 4dim space$$times. As such, B is the best candidate for the universal symmetry group of General Relativity (G.R.). Here, the analogue $B(2,1)$ of $B$ in 3 space$$time dimensions is properly defined. We study its representation theory in the Hilbert topology by using an infinitedimensional extension of WignerMackey theory. We obtain the necessary data in order to construct the strongly continuous irreducible unitary representations (IRS) of B(2,1). The main results of the representation theory are: The IRS are induced from ``little groups'' which are compact. There is one infinite connected ``little group'', the special orthogonal group SO(2). There are infinite non$$connected finite discrete ``little groups'', the cyclic groups C_{n} of even order. The inducing construction is exhaustive notwithstanding the fact that B(2,1) is not locally compact in the employed Hilbert topology. B(2,1) is also derived, in Klein's sense, as the automorphism group of the ``strong conformal geometry'' of future null infinity. Besides the Hilbert topology other reasonable topologies are given to B(2,1) and their physical relevance is discussed. Connections of the IRS of B(2,1) with geometry are outlined.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 August 2021
 arXiv:
 arXiv:2108.00424
 Bibcode:
 2021arXiv210800424M
 Keywords:

 Mathematical Physics;
 22E65;
 22E70;
 81R10;
 83C30