Synopses & Reviews
This monograph examines the global aspects of the problem of evolution equations in general relativity. Central to the work is a revisit of the proof of the global stability of Minkowski space, as presented by Christodoulou and Klainerman (1993). This book focuses on 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 asymptotic flat initial data sets. While technical motivation is clearly and systematically provided for this proof, many important related concepts and results, some well established, others new, unfold along the way. A comprehensive bibliography and index complete this important monograph, aimed at researchers and graduate students in mathematics, mathematical physics, and physics working in the area of general relativity.
Review
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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Synopsis
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.