Articles written in Pramana – Journal of Physics
Volume 77 Issue 3 September 2011 pp 555-570
In this paper we discuss symmetries of classes of wave equations that arise as a consequence of some Vaidya metrics. We show how the wave equation is altered by the underlying geometry. In particular, a range of consequences on the form of the wave equation, the symmetries and number of conservation laws, inter alia, are altered by the manifold on which the model wave rests. We ﬁnd Lie and Noether point symmetries of the corresponding wave equations and give some reductions. Some interesting physical conclusions relating to conservation laws such as energy, linear and angular momenta are also determined. We also present some interesting comparisons with the standard wave equations on a ﬂat geometry. Finally, we pursue the existence of higher-order variational symmetries of equations on nonﬂat manifolds.
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