Localized energy estimates of the wave equation on higher dimensional hyperspherical Schwarzschild spacetimes Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Laul, Parul
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
  • The purpose of this dissertation is to discuss a robust way to measure dispersion of the linear wave equation on the (n+1)-dimensional Schwarzschild spacetime. One of the greater motivations for studying the higher dimensional Schwarzschild and Kerr spacetimes is to address the question of asymptotic stability of solutions to Einstein's equations. That is, if initial conditions are slightly perturbed, does the solution tend to the unperturbed solution. Even in the simplest case (Minkowski spacetime), establishing nonlinear stability proved to be highly nontrivial. This was originally shown by Christodoulou and Klainerman, and later simplified and generalized by Lindblad and Rodnianski, and Bieri and Zipser, respectively. In considering the Kerr solution, we ask whether solutions to small perturbations of Kerr initial data asymptotically approach perhaps a different member of the Kerr family. Decay estimates are fundamental tools in addressing this question and by studying the linear wave equation on Schwarzschild, we hope to gain some intuition in pursuing this problem. In this thesis we will determine localized energy estimates of the inhomogeneous wave equation box subscript g phi = F on the (n+1)-dimensional Schwarzschild manifold, for n is greater than or equal to 4. An inevitable loss in the estimate arises due to trapped rays on a surface known as the photon sphere. We then modify our technique and improve the estimate at this region.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Mathematics."
  • Metcalfe, Jason
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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