Strongly Focused Gravitational Waves

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Christodoulou (2008) proved that trapped spheres can form in evolution, through the focusing of gravitational waves. Recently, with E. Trubowitz, we considered the same physical problem, using very different mathematical methods. Our approach is based on a systematic use of formal expansions, scaling symmetries and energy estimates. We give a direct construction of vacuum solutions by a far field expansion and exhibit trapped spheres that first appear deep inside the far field region.
Michael Reiterer
ETH, Zurich
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 110