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They can be understood by focusing on C-spaces, Einstein spaces, complex space-times and complex Einstein spaces, as we do from now on in this chapter. To study C -spaces in a self-consistent way, we begin by recalling some basic properties of conformal rescalings. 1) where ω is a smooth scalar. 2) for some integer k. In particular, conformal invariance of T is achieved if k = 0. 1). 4) where a denotes covariant differentiation with respect to the metric . 5) 31 3. 7) With our notation, ωc ≡ ∇ c ω = ω ,c .

In the case of the Weyl spinor, such a theorem implies that ψ A B C D = α( A β B γC δD ) . 2) The corresponding space-times can be classified as follows (Stewart 1991). (1) Type I. Four distinct principal null directions. Hence the name algebraically general. (2) Type II. Two directions coincide. Hence the name algebraically special. (3) Type D. Two different pairs of repeated principal null directions exist. e. three principal null directions coincide. e. all four principal null directions coincide.

We are here interested in space-times which are conformal to C -spaces. 4) one can see that the conformal transform of Eq. 9) This is the necessary and sufficient condition for a space-time to be conformal to a C -space. 9). 10), we are also imposing a reality condition (Kozameh et al. 1985). 11) when I ≠ 0. 13) 32 3. Conformal Gravity By contrast, when I = 0 but J ≠ 0, we multiply twice Eq. 12). 15) We have thus shown that a space-time is conformally related to a C-space if and only if Eq. 10) holds for some vector ω D D' = K DD' , and Eq.