Computation of initial data, I

Thursday, June 27, 2002 - 9:00am - 9:30am
Keller 3-180
Greg Cook (Wake Forest University)
In the first of two talks on the computation of initial data, we will look at some of the formalisms used for posing the constraint equations of general relativity as a boundary value problem. This process requires making well-motivated choices for which of the initial-data quantities are constrained and which can be freely specified. After looking at the general formalisms used to construct initial data, we will review the approaches that have been used to date in constructing black-hole and neutron-star initial data. Finally we will look at some of the current issues, from a physicist perspective, that are at the forefront of initial-data research.