A contact twisted cubic structure (M, C, γ) is a 5-dimensional manifold M together with a contact distribution C and a bundle of twisted cubics γ ⊂ P(C) compatible with the conformal symplectic form on C. The simplest contact twisted cubic structure is referred to as the contact Engel structure; its symmetry group is the exceptional group G2. In the present paper we equip the contact Engel structure with a smooth section σ : M → γ, which “marks” a point in each fibre γx . We study the local geometry of the resulting structures (M, C, γ,σ), which we call marked contact Engel structures. Equivalently, our study can be viewed as a study of foliations of M by curves whose tangent directions are everywhere contained in γ. We provide a complete set of local invariants of marked contact Engel structures, we classify all homogeneous models with symmetry groups of dimension ≥ 6 up to local equivalence, and we prove an analogue of the classical Kerr theorem from Relativity

The geometry of marked contact Engel structures / Manno, Giovanni; Nurowski, Pawel; Sagerschnig, Katja. - In: THE JOURNAL OF GEOMETRIC ANALYSIS. - ISSN 1050-6926. - STAMPA. - 31:(2021), pp. 7686-7708. [10.1007/s12220-020-00545-5]

The geometry of marked contact Engel structures

Gianni Manno;
2021

Abstract

A contact twisted cubic structure (M, C, γ) is a 5-dimensional manifold M together with a contact distribution C and a bundle of twisted cubics γ ⊂ P(C) compatible with the conformal symplectic form on C. The simplest contact twisted cubic structure is referred to as the contact Engel structure; its symmetry group is the exceptional group G2. In the present paper we equip the contact Engel structure with a smooth section σ : M → γ, which “marks” a point in each fibre γx . We study the local geometry of the resulting structures (M, C, γ,σ), which we call marked contact Engel structures. Equivalently, our study can be viewed as a study of foliations of M by curves whose tangent directions are everywhere contained in γ. We provide a complete set of local invariants of marked contact Engel structures, we classify all homogeneous models with symmetry groups of dimension ≥ 6 up to local equivalence, and we prove an analogue of the classical Kerr theorem from Relativity
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