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Critical phenomena in gravitational collapse

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As first discovered by Choptuik, the black hole threshold in the space of initial data for general relativity shows both surprising structure and surprising simplicity. Universality, power-law scaling of the black hole mass, and scale echoing have given rise to the term “critical phenomena”. They are explained by the existence of exact solutions which are attractors within the black hole threshold, that is, attractors of codimension one in phase space, and which are typically self-similar. Critical phenomena give a natural route from smooth initial data to arbitrarily large curvatures visible from infinity, and are therefore likely to be relevant for cosmic censorship, quantum gravity, astrophysics, and our general understanding of the dynamics of general relativity.

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Gundlach, Carsten and Martín-García, José M. (2007) Critical phenomena in gravitational collapse Living Reviews, 10, (5)

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Published date: December 2007

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Local EPrints ID: 54064
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/54064
ISSN: 1433-8351
PURE UUID: 96df9a88-8334-44b5-ab48-56377d79a079

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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:36

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Author: José M. Martín-García

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