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A quartic conformally covariant differential operator for arbitrary pseudo-Riemannian manifolds (Summary). (English) Zbl 1145.53053
Summary: This is the original manuscript dated March 9th 1983, typeset by the editors for the Proceedings of the Midwest Geometry Conference 2007 held in memory of Thomas Branson. Stephen Paneitz passed away on September 1st 1983 while attending a conference in Clausthal and the manuscript was never published. For more than 20 years these few pages were circulated informally. In November 2004, as a service to the mathematical community, Tom Branson added a scan of the manuscript to his website. Here, we make it available more formally. It is surely one of the most cited unpublished articles. The differential operator defined in this article plays a key rôle in conformal differential geometry in dimension 4 and is now known as the Paneitz operator.
MSC:
53C50Lorentz manifolds, manifolds with indefinite metrics
53A30Conformal differential geometry