Jul 20 – 24, 2015
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
Europe/Berlin timezone

Ultra-relativistic Collisions and Black Hole Formation

Jul 21, 2015, 9:00 AM
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies

Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies

Goethe-Universität FrankfurtCampus Riedberg Ruth-Moufang-Straße 1 60438 Frankfurt am Main GERMANY


Frans Pretorius


I will review what been learnt in recent years about the ultra-relativistic collision problem in classical general relativity. This area has connections to super-Planck scale particle collisions and the interaction of gravitational shock waves, and addresses questions pertinent to cosmic censorship, black hole formation and the hoop conjecture. I will also discuss some open questions and problems for future research.

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