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E. 19a) in terms of spherical polar coordinates A+C C-A B+B u = (--2-) + (--2-) cose + (--2-) + ~. (B-B) --2- . s~n es~n~ . 20) . 20) are seen to be simply the sections of this cylinder by 3-planes in R4 (not parallel to the axis). A ~estricted) Lorentz transformation of M, about the origin r = 0, u = 0, leaves the particular good cross-section of I+ given by u = 0 invariant. S. ----- la1;;+BI2+IY1;;+oI2 where ao-By = 1. 19a) (as, indeed, is easy to verify). S. transformation which sends good cross-sections to good cross-sections must obtain the particular good cross-section u = 0 from some other good cross-section.

For QnI+ is a spacelike 2-surface. Any spacelike 2-surface is locally the intersection of two uniquely defined null hypersurfaces. These null hyper surfaces are generated by the two systems of null geodesics which meet the 2-surface orthogonally. ) Let us call a cross-section of I+ which arises in this way a good cross-section. A bad cross-section of I+ is, on the other hand, the intersection of I+ with some null hypersurface which does not come together cleanly at a single vertex [22]. Instead, the null geodesic generators of this hyper surface will encounter caustics and crossover regions somewhere in the interior of M (Figure 12).

Transformation which sends good cross-sections to good cross-sections must obtain the particular good cross-section u = 0 from some other good cross-section. S. 21» which leaves u = 0 invariant. S. 22) 1+1;;1;; the parameters a,B,y,o,B being complex, with ao-By = 1, and A,C being real. S. transformations sending good cross-sections into good cross-sections thus form a ten-real-parameter (connected) group. 22) must actually be the restricted RELATIVISTIC SYMMETRY GROUPS 33 Poincare group on M. S.