# Gravitational Constraints on a Lightlike boundary

Giovanni Canepa, Alberto S. Cattaneo, Manuel Tecchiolli

Giovanni Canepa, Alberto S. Cattaneo, Manuel Tecchiolli

**28/10/20**Published in : arXiv:2010.14871

We analyse the boundary structure of General Relativity in the coframe formalism in the case of a lightlike boundary, i.e., when the restriction of the induced Lorentzian metric to the boundary is degenerate. We describe the associated reduced phase space in terms of constraints on the symplectic space of boundary fields. We explicitly compute the Poisson brackets of the constraints and identify the first- and second-class ones. In particular, in the 3+1 dimensional case, we show that the reduced phase space has two local degrees of freedom, instead of the usual four in the non-degenerate case.