SMS scnews item created by Leo Tzou at Thu 30 Nov 2017 0140
Type: Seminar
Modified: Thu 30 Nov 2017 0144
Distribution: World
Expiry: 8 Feb 2018
Calendar1: 11 Dec 2017 1430-1530
CalLoc1: Carslaw 273
CalTitle1: Strong Cosmic Censorship
Auth: (ltzo2369) in SMS-WASM

Joint Colloquium: Isenberg -- Strong Cosmic Censorship

The Hawking-Penrose theorems tell us that solutions of Einstein’s equations are
generally singular, in the sense of the incompleteness of causal geodesics (the paths of
physical observers).  These singularities might be marked by the blowup of curvature and
therefore crushing tidal forces, or by the breakdown of physical determinism.  Penrose
has conjectured (in his "Strong Cosmic Censorship Conjecture") that it is generically
unbounded curvature that causes singularities, rather than causal breakdown.  The
verification that “AVTD behavior” (marked by the domination of time derivatives over
space derivatives) is generically present in a family of solutions has proven to be a
useful tool for studying model versions of Strong Cosmic Censorship in that family.  I
discuss some of the history of Strong Cosmic Censorship, and then discuss what is known
about AVTD behavior and Strong Cosmic Censorship in families of solutions defined by
varying degrees of isometry, and discuss recent results which we believe will extend
this knowledge and provide new support for Strong Cosmic Censorship.  I also comment on
some of the recent work on “Weak Null Singularities”, and how this relates to Strong
Cosmic Censorship.