## Spinors and Space-Time: Volume 2, Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time GeometrySpinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time Geometry introduces the theory of twistors, and studies in detail how the theory of twistors and 2-spinors can be applied to the study of space-time. Twistors have, in recent years, attracted increasing attention as a mathematical tool and as a means of gaining new insights into the structure of physical laws. This volume also includes a comprehensive treatment of the conformal approach to space-time infinity with results on general-relativistic mass and angular momentum, a detailed spinorial classification of the full space-time curvature tensor, and an account of the geometry of null geodesics. |

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### Contents

Twisters | 43 |

62 Some geometrical aspects of twistor algebra | 58 |

63 Twistors and angular momentum | 68 |

64 Symmetric twistors and massless fields | 75 |

65 Conformal Killing vectors conserved quantities and exact sequences | 82 |

66 Lie derivatives of spinors | 101 |

67 Particle constants conformally invariant operators | 104 |

68 Curvature and conformal reseating | 120 |

86 Curvature covenants | 258 |

87 A classification scheme for general spinors | 265 |

88 Classification of the Ricci spinor | 275 |

Conformal infinity | 291 |

92 Compactified Minkowski space | 297 |

93 Complexified compactified Minkowski space and twistor geometry | 305 |

94 Twistor fourvaluedness and the Grgin index | 316 |

95 Cosmological models and their twistors | 332 |

69 Local twistors | 127 |

610 Massless Fields and twistor cohomology | 139 |

Null congruences | 169 |

72 Null congruences and spacetime curvature | 182 |

73 Shearfree ray congruences | 189 |

74 SFRs twistors and ray geometry | 199 |

Classification of curvature tensors | 223 |

82 Representation of the Weyl spinor on S | 226 |

83 Eigenspinors of the Weyl spinor | 233 |

84 The eigenbivectors of the Weyl tensor and its Petrov classification | 242 |

85 Geometry and symmetry of the Weyl curvature | 246 |

96 Asymptotically simple spacetimes | 347 |

97 Peeling properties | 358 |

98 The BMS group and the structure of G | 366 |

99 Energymomentum and angular momentum | 395 |

910 BondiSachs mass loss and posit ivity | 423 |

spinors in n dimensions | 440 |

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Spinors and Space-Time: Volume 2, Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time ... Roger Penrose,Wolfgang Rindler No preview available - 1988 |

Spinors and Space-Time: Volume 2, Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time ... Roger Penrose,Wolfgang Rindler No preview available - 1988 |

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