Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

On the uniqueness of Kerr-Newman black holes
by Wong, Willie Wai-Yeung, Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009, 133; 3356752
Abstract (Summary)

The uniqueness of the Kerr-Newman family of black hole metrics as stationary asymptotically flat solutions to the Einstein equations coupled to a free Maxwell field is a crucial ingredient in the study of final states of the universe in general relativity. If one imposes the additional requirement that the space-time is axial-symmetric, then said uniqueness was shown by the works of B. Carter, D.C. Robinson, G.L. Bunting, and P.O. Mazur during the 1970s and 80s. In the real-analytic category, the condition of axial symmetry can be removed through S. Hawking’s Rigidity Theorem. The necessary construction used in Hawking’s proof, however, breaks down in the smooth category as it requires solving an ill-posed hyperbolic partial differential equation. The uniqueness problem of Kerr-Newman metrics in the smooth category is considered here following the program initiated by A. Ionescu and S. Klainerman for uniqueness of the Kerr metrics among solutions to the Einstein vacuum equations. In this work, a space-time, tensorial characterization of the Kerr-Newman solutions is obtained, generalizing an earlier work of M. Mars. The characterization tensors are shown to obey hyperbolic partial differential equations. Using the general Carleman inequality of Ionescu and Klainerman, the uniqueness of Kerr-Newman metrics is proven, conditional on a rigidity assumption on the bifurcate event horizon.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Klainerman, Sergiu
School: Princeton University
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-B 70/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mathematics, Theoretical physics
Keywords: Black holes, Kerr-Newman black holes, Rigidity theorem
Publication Number: 3356752
ISBN: 978-1-109-12668-6
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