Formation of trapped surfaces for the spherically symmetric Einstein-Vlasov system
Report, 2010

We consider the spherically symmetric, asymptotically flat, nonvacuum Einstein equations, using as matter model a collisionless gas as described by the Vlasov equation. We find explicit conditions on the initial data which guarantee the formation of a trapped surface in the evolution which in particular implies that weak cosmic censorship holds for these data. We also analyze the evolution of solutions after a trapped surface has formed and we show that the event horizon is future complete. Furthermore we find that the apparent horizon and the event horizon do not coincide. This behavior is analogous to what is found in certain Vaidya spacetimes. The analysis is carried out in Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates.


Håkan Andreasson

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences

University of Gothenburg

Gerhard Rein

Subject Categories

Computational Mathematics

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Mathematical Analysis

Preprint - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University: 2010:1

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