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Asymptotic expansions close to the singularity in Gowdy spacetimes
2004 (English)In: Classical and quantum gravity, ISSN 0264-9381, E-ISSN 1361-6382, Vol. 21, no 3, S305-S322 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We consider Gowdy spacetimes under the assumption that the spatial hypersurfaces are diffeomorphic to the torus. The relevant equations are then wave map equations with the hyperbolic space as a target. In a paper by Grubisic and Moncrief, a formal expansion of solutions in the direction towards the singularity was proposed. Later, Kichenassamy and Rendall constructed a family of real analytic solutions with the maximum number of free functions and the desired asymptotics at the singularity. The condition of real analyticity was subsequently removed by Rendall. In a previous paper, we proved that one can put a condition on initial data that leads to asymptotic expansions. However, control of up to and including three derivatives in L-2 was necessary, and the condition was rather technical. The main point of the present paper is to demonstrate the existence of certain monotone quantities and to illustrate how these can be used to weaken the assumptions to one derivative in the sup norm. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the false spikes do not appear in the disc model. Finally, we show that knowledge concerning the behaviour of the solution (as time tends to the singularity) for one fixed spatial point in some situations can be used to conclude that there are smooth expansions in the neighbourhood of that spatial point.

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2004. Vol. 21, no 3, S305-S322 p.
Keyword [en]
behavior, times
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-23224ISI: 000189381900020OAI: diva2:341922
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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