Closed timelike curves and geodesics of Godel-type metrics

it is shown explicitly that when the characteristic vector field that defines a Godel-type metric is also a Killing vector, there always exist closed timelike or null curves in spacetimes described by such a metric. For these geometries, the geodesic curves are also shown to be characterized by a lower-dimensional Lorentz force equation for a charged point particle in the relevant Riemannian background. Moreover, two explicit examples are given for which timelike and null geodesics can never be closed.

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R. Gleiser, M. Gurses, A. Karasu, and B. Ö. Sarıoğlu, “Closed timelike curves and geodesics of Godel-type metrics,” CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM GRAVITY, vol. 23, no. 7, pp. 2653–2663, 2006, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: