Philippe G. LeFloch (Paris)

Jérémie Szeftel (Paris)

Ghani Zeghib (Lyon)

ANR Project

“Mathematical General Relativity. Analysis and geometry of spacetimes with low regularity”

Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014

Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

Lecture room 15-25–104


14h Qian Wang (Oxford)  A geometric approach to the sharp local well-posedness theory for quasilinear wave equations

Abstract. The commuting vector fields approach, devised for Strichartz estimates by Klainerman, was employed for proving the local well-posedness in the Sobolev spaces Hs with s>2+(2-\sqrt 3)/2 for general quasilinear wave equation in (1+3) spacetime by him and Rodnianski. Via this approach they obtained the local well-posedness with s>2 for (1+3) vacuum Einstein equations. A proof of the sharp H2+ local well-posedness result for general quasilinear wave equation was provided by Smith and Tataru by constructing a parametrix using wave packets. The difficulty of the problem is that one has to face the major hurdle caused by the Ricci tensor of the metric for the quasilinear wave equations. I will present my recent work, which proves the sharp local well-posedness of general quasilinear wave equation in (1+3) spacetime by a vector field approach, based on geometric normalization and new observations on the mass aspect functions.

15h30 Jonathan Luk (Cambridge, UK) Stability of the Kerr Cauchy horizon

Abstract. The celebrated strong cosmic censorship conjecture in general relativity in particular suggests that the Cauchy horizon in the interior of the Kerr black hole is unstable and small perturbations would give rise to singularities. We present a recent result proving that the Cauchy horizon is stable in the sense that spacetime arising from data close to that of Kerr has a continuous metric up to the Cauchy horizon. We discuss its implications on the nature of the potential singularity in the interior of the black hole. This is joint work with Mihalis Dafermos.