Non-equilibrium Dynamics and Random Matrices | |

Topic: | Choptuik's critical spacetime |

Speaker: | Reiterer, Michael |

Affiliation: | Member, School of Mathematics |

Date: | Friday, March 14 |

Time/Room: | 11:00am - 12:00pm/S-101 |

About twenty years ago, Choptuik studied numerically the gravitational collapse (Einstein field equations) of a massless scalar field in spherical symmetry, and found strong evidence for a universal, self-similar solution at the threshold of black hole formation. We give a rigorous, computer assisted proof of the existence of Choptuik's spacetime, and show that it is real analytic. This is joint work with E. Trubowitz.