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Mathematical Physics Seminar

Strong Cosmic Censorship and charged gravitational collapse

Maxime C.R. Van de Moortel - Princeton University 

Location:  Hill 313
Date & time: Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 2:00PM - 3:00PM

ABSTRACT:  Does General Relativity respect determinism? The apparent simplicity of this question is deceiving, as the most simple example of a stationary black hole -- the Reissner-Nordström solution --- seems to contradict determinism in General Relativity! Penrose proposed the Strong Cosmic Censorship conjecture in 1979, stating that determinism was respected for generic space-times. 40 years later, his conjecture has become one of the most prominent open problems in General Relativity and the subject of intense mathematical research, in relation to the interior of dynamical black holes.

In this talk, I will present my results regarding Strong Cosmic Censorship and the interior of black holes arising from (charged) gravitational collapse.


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