Introduction to GR for computational scientists, II

Monday, June 24, 2002 - 11:00am - 11:50am
Keller 3-180
Alan Rendall (Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik (Albert-Einstein-Institut))
The Cauchy problem for the Einstein equations has a number of special features when compared with that for other partial differential equations. These issues are briefly discussed, starting with model equations which illustrate some of these features in a less complicated context. Next the Cauchy problem for the Einstein equations is formulated. The standard approach to proving local existence is presented. Finally, some remarks are made on the 3+1 decomposition.