15-16 December 2020
Centre for Particle Theory, Durham
Europe/London timezone

The Case Against Smooth Null Infinity

16 Dec 2020, 10:30
Teams (Centre for Particle Theory, Durham)


Centre for Particle Theory, Durham

IPPP & Dept. Mathematical Sciences Durham University South Road Durham DH1 3LE


Leonhard Kehrberger (University of Cambridge)


In this talk, I hope to discuss various physical obstructions to Penrose's proposal of smooth conformal compactification of spacetime (a.k.a. smooth null infinity or asymptotic simplicity) and the "peeling property" implied by it.
More precisely, I will show that in the context of the $N$-body problem of GR, one should expect that the asymptotic expansions of the Weyl tensor near $\mathcal{I}^+$ contain logarithmic terms at leading order and hence the peeling property does not hold.
Finally, I will outline why these logarithmic terms should in principle be measurable.

Only basic familiarity with GR will be assumed.

Length of talk 15-25 minutes
Would you be interested in receiving feedback on your talk? Yes
Will you be pre-recording your talk? No
Are you happy for your talk to be recorded? No

Primary author

Leonhard Kehrberger (University of Cambridge)

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