The Static Extension Problem in General Relativity
The Static Extension Problem in General Relativity

Marcus Khuri, SUNY at Stony Brook
Fine Hall 314
There are several competing definitions of quasilocal mass in General Relativity. A very promising and natural candidate, proposed by Bartnik, seeks to localize the ADM or total mass. Fundamental to understanding Bartnik's construction, is the question of existence for a canonical geometric boundary value problem associated with the static vacuum Einstein equations. In this talk we report on joint work with M. Anderson, which answers this question affirmatively under the hypothesis of a certain nondegeneracy condition. We also show that uniqueness fails.