On the definition of cylindrical symmetry
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On the definition of cylindrical symmetry (Carot, Jaume; Senovilla, José M. M.; Vera, Raül) Abstract The standard definition of cylindrical symmetry in general relativity is reviewed. Taking the view that axial symmetry is an essential prerequisite for cylindrical symmetry, it is argued that the requirement of orthogonal transitivity of the isometry group should be dropped, this leading to a new, more general definition of cylindrical symmetry. Stationarity and staticity in cylindrically symmetric spacetimes are then defined, and these issues are analysed in connection with orthogonal transitivity, thus proving some new results on the structure of the isometry group for this class of spacetimes.