Models for Self-Gravitating Photon Shells and Geons
Journal article, 2017
We prove existence of spherically symmetric, static, self-gravitating photon shells as solutions to the massless Einstein-Vlasov system. The solutions are highly relativistic in the sense that the ratio 2m(r) / r is close to 8 / 9, where m(r) is the Hawking mass and r is the area radius. In 1955 Wheeler constructed, by numerical means, so-called idealized spherically symmetric geons, i.e., solutions of the Einstein-Maxwell equations for which the energy momentum tensor is spherically symmetric on a time average. The structure of these solutions is such that the electromagnetic field is confined to a thin shell for which the ratio 2m / r is close to 8 / 9, i.e., the solutions are highly relativistic photon shells. The solutions presented in this work provide an alternative model for photon shells or idealized spherically symmetric geons.