On the Einstein Equations for Relativistic Fluids
Marcelo Disconzi, Vanderbilt University
Location: Stevenson 1307
The Einstein equations have been a source of many interesting problems in Physics, Analysis and Geometry. Despite the great deal of work which has been devoted to them, with many success stories, several important questions remain open. One of the them is a satisfactory theory of isolated systems, such as stars, both from a perspective of the time development of the space-time, as well as from the point of view of the geometry induced on a space-like three surface. This talk will focus on the former situation. More specifically, we shall discuss relativistic fluids with and without viscosity, and prove a well-posedness result for the Cauchy problem. The viscous case, in particular, is of significant interest in light of recent developments in astrophysics.