13-18 December 2015
International Conference Centre Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

Critical Collapse of Radiation Fluids: Deviations from Spherical Symmetry

17 Dec 2015, 16:55
Level 2, Room 14 (International Conference Centre Geneva)

Level 2, Room 14

International Conference Centre Geneva

17 Rue de Varembé, 1211 Geneva


Thomas Baumgarte (Bowdoin College)


We study critical phenomena in the gravitational collapse of a radiation fluid. We perform numerical simulations in both spherical symmetry and axisymmetry, and observe critical scaling in both supercritical evolutions, which lead to the formation of a black hole, and subcritical evolutions, in which case the fluid disperses to infinity and leaves behind flat space. We identify the critical solution in spherically symmetric collapse, and study the approach to this critical solution in the absence of spherical symmetry. Our simulations are performed with an unconstrained evolution code, implemented in spherical polar coordinates, and adopting ``moving-puncture" coordinates.

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Thomas Baumgarte (Bowdoin College)

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