Metrisability of three-dimensional path geometries

Dunajski, Maciej Lukasz ; Eastwood, Michael (2016-03-08)


Given a projective structure on a three-dimensional manifold, we find explicit obstructions to the local existence of a Levi-Civita connection in the projective class. These obstructions are given by projectively invariant tensors algebraically constructed from the projective Weyl curvature. We show, by examples, that their vanishing is necessary but not sufficient for local metrisability.