Foundations of Physics

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 645–679 | Cite as

Horizons and singularities in static, spherically symmetric spacetimes

  • James T. Wheeler


We make a thorough study of the regions near finite-order metric-singularity boundaries of static, spherically symmetric spacetimes. After distinguishing curvature singularities from other types of metric breakdown, we examine the eigenvalues of the energy tensor near the singularities for positivity and energy dominance, find the causal class of the t-translation (“static”) Killing field, and ascertain the presence or absence of timelike, null, and spacelike geodesic incompleteness for each spacetime. For a certain subclass of spacetimes, we also show the completeness of all timelike and spacelike curves despite the superficial failure of the metric.


Curvature Singularity Energy Tensor Symmetric Spacetimes Spacelike Curve Causal Class 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James T. Wheeler
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUtah State UniversityLogan

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