Compositio Mathematica

Levi–Tanaka algebras and homogeneous $C R$ manifolds

a1 S.I.S.S.A., Trieste, Italy
a2 Dipartimento di Matematica, Università di Pisa, via F. Buonarroti 2, 56127 Pisa, Italy; e-mail:

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medori c   [Google Scholar] 
macinovich m   [Google Scholar] 


In this paper we take up the problem of discussing $C R$ manifolds of arbitrary $C R$ codimension. We closely follow the general method of N. Tanaka, while concentrating our attention to the case of manifolds endowed with partial complex structures. This study required a deeper understanding of the structure of the Levi–Tanaka algebras, which are the canonical prolongation of pseudocomplex fundamental graded Lie algebras. These algebras enjoy special properties, the understanding of which provided also a way to build up several different examples and points to a rich field of investigations. Here we restrained further our consideration to the homogeneous models.

Key Words: $C R$ manifold; Levi–Tanaka algebra.