The Evolution Problem in General Relativity - Progress in Mathematical Physics 25 (Hardback)
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The Evolution Problem in General Relativity - Progress in Mathematical Physics 25 (Hardback)

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The main goal of this work is to revisit the proof of the global stability of Minkowski space by D. Christodoulou and S. Klainerman, [Ch-KI]. We provide a new self-contained proof of the main part of that result, which concerns the full solution of the radiation problem in vacuum, for arbitrary asymptotically flat initial data sets. This can also be interpreted as a proof of the global stability of the external region of Schwarzschild spacetime. The proof, which is a significant modification of the arguments in [Ch-Kl], is based on a double null foliation of spacetime instead of the mixed null-maximal foliation used in [Ch-Kl]. This approach is more naturally adapted to the radiation features of the Einstein equations and leads to important technical simplifications. In the first chapter we review some basic notions of differential geometry that are sys- tematically used in all the remaining chapters. We then introduce the Einstein equations and the initial data sets and discuss some of the basic features of the initial value problem in general relativity. We shall review, without proofs, well-established results concerning local and global existence and uniqueness and formulate our main result. The second chapter provides the technical motivation for the proof of our main theorem.

Publisher: Birkhauser Boston Inc
ISBN: 9780817642549
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
Edition: 2003 ed.


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The book . . . gives a new proof of the central part of the theorem of Christodoulou and S. Klainerman, The global nonlinear stability of the Minkowski space . . . The authors prove, working in terms of double null foliations, a nonlinear stability, or global existence for small data, result for exterior domains."

-Mathematical Reviews

"...Important results in this book are presented in a more `digestible' form [than] in the preceding book [`The global nonlinear stability of the Minkowski space'] and thus scientists and graduate students working in relativity are recommended to read at least the introduction and the conclusions."

-Applications Of Mathematics

"...This important monograph, presenting the detailed proof of an important result in general relativity, is of great interest to researchers and graduate students in mathematics, mathematical physics, and physics in the area of general relativity."

-Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Series Mathematica

"The main purpose of this book is to revisit the global stability of Minkowski space as set out by D. Chrostodoulou and S. Klainerman (1993). Here the authors provide a new self-contained proof of the main part of that result, which concerns the full solution of the radiation problem in vacuum, for arbitrary asymptotically flat initial data sets."

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