Shock Wave Interactions in General Relativity

A Locally Inertial Glimm Scheme for Spherically Symmetric Spacetimes

  • Jeffrey Groah
  • Blake Temple
  • Joel Smoller

Part of the Springer Monographs in Mathematics book series (SMM)

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About this book


This monograph presents a self contained mathematical treatment of the initial value problem for shock wave solutions of the Einstein equations in General Relativity. The first two chapters provide background for the introduction of a locally intertial Glimm Scheme, a non-dissipative numerical scheme for approximating shock wave solutions of the Einstein equations in spherically symmetric spacetimes. What follows is a careful analysis of this scheme providing a proof of the existence of (shock wave) solutions of the spherically symmetric Einstein equations for a perfect fluid, starting from initial density and velocity profiles that are only locally of bounded total variation. The book covers the initial value problems for Einstein's gravitational field equations with fluid sources and shock wave initial data. It has a clearly outlined goal: proving a certain local existence theorem. Concluding remarks are added and commentary is provided throughout. The book will be useful to graduate students and researchers in mathematics and physics.


Gravity Special relativity equation general relativity mathematics proof relativity theorem

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey Groah
    • 1
  • Blake Temple
    • 2
  • Joel Smoller
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMontgomery CollegeConroeUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Theoretical DynamicsUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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