773 research outputs found

    General existence proof for rest frame systems in asymptotically flat space-time

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    We report a new result on the nice section construction used in the definition of rest frame systems in general relativity. This construction is needed in the study of non trivial gravitational radiating systems. We prove existence, regularity and non-self-crossing property of solutions of the nice section equation for general asymptotically flat space times. This proves a conjecture enunciated in a previous work.Comment: 14 pages, no figures, LaTeX 2

    Asymptotic flatness at null infinity in arbitrary dimensions

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    We define the asymptotic flatness and discuss asymptotic symmetry at null infinity in arbitrary dimensions using the Bondi coordinates. To define the asymptotic flatness, we solve the Einstein equations and look at the asymptotic behavior of gravitational fields. Then we show the asymptotic symmetry and the Bondi mass loss law with the well-defined definition.Comment: 12 pages, published version in PR

    Quasistationary binary inspiral. I. Einstein equations for the two Killing vector spacetime

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    The geometry of two infinitely long lines of mass moving in a fixed circular orbit is considered as a toy model for the inspiral of a binary system of compact objects due to gravitational radiation. The two Killing fields in the toy model are used, according to a formalism introduced by Geroch, to describe the geometry entirely in terms of a set of tensor fields on the two-manifold of Killing vector orbits. Geroch's derivation of the Einstein equations in this formalism is streamlined and generalized. The explicit Einstein equations for the toy model spacetime are derived in terms of the degrees of freedom which remain after a particular choice of gauge.Comment: 37 pages, REVTeX, one PostScript Figure included with epsfig; minor formatting changes and copyright notice added for journal publicatio

    Quasi-Asimptotically Flat Spacetimes and Their ADM Mass

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    We define spacetimes that are asymptotically flat, except for a deficit solid angle α\alpha, and present a definition of their ``ADM'' mass, which is finite for this class of spacetimes, and, in particular, coincides with the value of the parameter MM of the global monopole spacetime studied by Vilenkin and Barriola . Moreover, we show that the definition is coordinate independent, and explain why it can, in some cases, be negative.Comment: Late

    The Topology of Branching Universes

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    The purpose of this paper is to survey the possible topologies of branching space-times, and, in particular, to refute the popular notion in the literature that a branching space-time requires a non-Hausdorff topology

    Formation of closed timelike curves in a composite vacuum/dust asymptotically-flat spacetime

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    We present a new asymptotically-flat time-machine model made solely of vacuum and dust. The spacetime evolves from a regular spacelike initial hypersurface S and subsequently develops closed timelike curves. The initial hypersurface S is asymptotically flat and topologically trivial. The chronology violation occurs in a compact manner; namely the first closed causal curves form at the boundary of the future domain of dependence of a compact region in S (the core). This central core is empty, and so is the external asymptotically flat region. The intermediate region surrounding the core (the envelope) is made of dust with positive energy density. This model trivially satisfies the weak, dominant, and strong energy conditions. Furthermore it is governed by a well-defined system of field equations which possesses a well-posed initial-value problem.Comment: 15 pages; accepted to Phys. Rev. D (no modifications

    The Physics Inside Topological Quantum Field Theories

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    We show that the equations of motion defined over a specific field space are realizable as operator conditions in the physical sector of a generalized Floer theory defined over that field space. The ghosts associated with such a construction are found not to be dynamical. This construction is applied to gravity on a four dimensional manifold, MM; whereupon, we obtain Einstein's equations via surgery, along MM, in a five-dimensional topological quantum field theory.Comment: LaTeX, 7 page

    Radiative observables for linearized gravity on asymptotically flat spacetimes and their boundary induced states

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    We discuss the quantization of linearized gravity on globally hyperbolic, asymptotically flat, vacuum spacetimes and the construction of distinguished states which are both of Hadamard form and invariant under the action of all bulk isometries. The procedure, we follow, consists of looking for a realization of the observables of the theory as a sub-algebra of an auxiliary, non-dynamical algebra constructed on future null infinity â„‘+\Im^+. The applicability of this scheme is tantamount to proving that a solution of the equations of motion for linearized gravity can be extended smoothly to â„‘+\Im^+. This has been claimed to be possible provided that a suitable gauge fixing condition, first written by Geroch and Xanthopoulos, is imposed. We review its definition critically showing that there exists a previously unnoticed obstruction in its implementation leading us to introducing the concept of radiative observables. These constitute an algebra for which a Hadamard state induced from null infinity and invariant under the action of all spacetime isometries exists and it is explicitly constructed.Comment: 31 pages, added reference

    Causally simple inextendible spacetimes are hole-free

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    It is shown that causally simple inextendible spacetimes are hole-free, thus confirming the expectation that causal simplicity removes holes from spacetime. This result is optimal in the sense that causal simplicity cannot be weakened to causal continuity. Physically, it means that if there is some partial Cauchy hypersurface which, for some reason, does not fully develop its influence, then there is some discontinuity in the causal relation.Comment: Revtex4, 9 pages. v2: minor correction
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