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On Singularity Formation in General Relativity

PDE and Applied Math Seminar

Speaker: Xinliang An, University of Toronto
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Thu, Nov 30 2017, 4:10PM

In the process of gravitational collapse, singularities may form, which are either covered by trapped surfaces (black holes) or visible to faraway observers (naked singularities). In this talk, with three different approaches coming from hyperbolic PDE, quasilinear elliptic PDE and dynamical system, I will present results on four physical questions: i) Can “black holes” form dynamically in the vacuum? ii) To form a “black hole”, what is the least size of initial data? iii) Can we find the boundary of a “black hole” region? Can we show that a “black hole region” is emerging from a point? iv) For Einstein vacuum equations, could singularities other than black hole type form in gravitational collapse?