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Publications [#361358] of Curtis W. Porter

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  1. Porter, C, Unit Tangent Bundles, CR Leaf Spaces, and Hypercomplex Structures (February, 2021)
    (last updated on 2022/08/06)

    Unit tangent bundles $UM$ of semi-Riemannian manifolds $M$ are shown to be examples of dynamical Legendrian contact structures, which were defined in recent work [25] of Sykes-Zelenko to generalize leaf spaces of 2-nondegenerate CR manifolds. In doing so, Sykes-Zelenko extended the classification in Porter-Zelenko [20] of regular, 2-nondegenerate CR structures to those that can be recovered from their leaf space. The present paper treats dynamical Legendrian contact structures associated with 2-nondegenerate CR structures which were called "strongly regular" in Porter-Zelenko, named "L-contact structures." Closely related to Lie-contact structures, L-contact manifolds have homogeneous models given by isotropic Grassmannians of complex 2-planes whose algebra of infinitesimal symmetries is one of $\mathfrak{so}(p+2,q+2)$ or $\mathfrak{so}^*(2p+4)$ for $p\geq1$, $q\geq0$. Each 2-plane in the homogeneous model is a split-quaternionic or quaternionic line, respectively, and more general L-contact structures arise on contact manifolds with hypercomplex structures, unit tangent bundles being a prime example. The Ricci curvature tensor of $M$ is used to define the "Ricci-shifted" L-contact structure on $UM$, whose Nijenhuis tensor vanishes when $M$ is conformally flat. In the language of Sykes-Zelenko (for $M$ analytic), such $UM$ is the leaf space of a 2-nondegenerate CR manifold which is "recoverable" from $UM$, providing a new source of examples of 2-nondegenerate CR structures.
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