Sep 24 – 28, 2017
Kazimierz Dolny, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Gravitational entropy and the cosmological “no-hair” conjecture

Sep 26, 2017, 12:00 PM
Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Dom Pracy Twórczej SDP ul. Małachowskiego 17 24-120 Kazimierz Dolny
Oral presentation (preferred) Plenary Session 4


Krzysztof Bolejko (The University of Sydney)


Gravitational entropy and the cosmological “no-hair” conjecture

Gravitational entropy [1] and the “no-hair” conjectures [2, 3] are seemingly contradictory: the growth of the first one is associated with the growth of inhomogeneity [4, 5, 6], while the second one argues that the dark energy dominated Universe will asymptotically approach a homogeneous and isotropic de Sitter state[7, 8].
In my talk I will present the analysis of both of these conjectures within the silent universes [9, 10]. Irrotational silent universes belong to a class of systems where each worldline evolves independently of other worldlines - there is no communication between the worldlines, i.e. no pressure gradients, no energy flux, no gravitational radiation. In my talk I will discuss properties and evolution of the irrotational silent universe. I will focus on the gravitational entropy and future asymptotic state of the silent universe dominated by dark energy [11]. Finally, I will comment on the gravitational entropy of gravitational waves.


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[10] H. van Elst, C. Uggla, W. M. Lesame, G. F. R. Ellis, and R. Maartens, “Integrability of irrotational silent cosmological models,” Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol. 14, pp. 1151–1162, 1997.

[11] K. Bolejko, In preparation, 2017.

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Krzysztof Bolejko (The University of Sydney)

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