By Éric Gourgoulhon
This graduate-level, course-based textual content is dedicated to the 3+1 formalism of normal relativity, which additionally constitutes the theoretical foundations of numerical relativity. The e-book starts off by way of developing the mathematical historical past (differential geometry, hypersurfaces embedded in space-time, foliation of space-time by way of a relations of space-like hypersurfaces), after which turns to the 3+1 decomposition of the Einstein equations, giving upward thrust to the Cauchy challenge with constraints, which constitutes the middle of 3+1 formalism. The ADM Hamiltonian formula of common relativity is usually brought at this level. eventually, the decomposition of the problem and electromagnetic box equations is gifted, concentrating on the astrophysically correct instances of an ideal fluid and an ideal conductor (ideal magnetohydrodynamics). the second one a part of the e-book introduces extra complex themes: the conformal transformation of the 3-metric on every one hypersurface and the corresponding rewriting of the 3+1 Einstein equations, the Isenberg-Wilson-Mathews approximation to basic relativity, international amounts linked to asymptotic flatness (ADM mass, linear and angular momentum) and with symmetries (Komar mass and angular momentum). within the final half, the preliminary facts challenge is studied, the alternative of spacetime coordinates in the 3+1 framework is mentioned and diverse schemes for the time integration of the 3+1 Einstein equations are reviewed. the must haves are these of a easy common relativity direction with calculations and derivations offered intimately, making this article whole and self-contained. Numerical recommendations should not lined during this book.
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Since u is never parallel to n, we conclude that the extrinsic curvature tensor K measures the failure of a geodesic of (Σ, γ ) to be a geodesic of (M , g). Only in the case where K vanishes, the two notions of geodesics coincide. For this reason, hypersurfaces for which K = 0 are called totally geodesic hypersurfaces. 1 in Sect. 5 is a totally geodesic hypersurface: K = 0. This is obvious since the geodesics of the plane are straight lines, which are also geodesics of R3 (cf. Fig. 6). 3 in Sect.
The remark above regarding the qualifier ‘extrinsic’). K contains the same information as the Weingarten map. 36 3 Geometry of Hypersurfaces Fig. 2 Plane Σ as a hypersurface of the Euclidean space R3 . Notice that the unit normal vector n stays constant along Σ; this implies that the extrinsic curvature of Σ vanishes identically. 19) is chosen so that K agrees with the convention used in the numerical relativity community, as well as in the MTW book . g. Carroll , Poisson , Wald ) choose the opposite convention.
3. The latter is an intrinsic quantity, independent of the way the manifold (Σ, γ ) is embedded in (M , g). On the contrary the principal curvatures and mean curvature depend on the embedding. For this reason, they are qualified of extrinsic. 19) is symmetric. It is called the second fundamental form of the hypersurface Σ. It is also called the extrinsic curvature tensor of Σ (cf. the remark above regarding the qualifier ‘extrinsic’). K contains the same information as the Weingarten map. 36 3 Geometry of Hypersurfaces Fig.
3+1 Formalism in General Relativity: Bases of Numerical Relativity by Éric Gourgoulhon