Analysis Seminar

Title: The effect of metric behavior at spatial infinity on pointwise wave decay for asymptotically flat backgrounds
Speaker: Katrina Morgan
Speaker Info: Northwestern
Brief Description:
Special Note:

The current work considers solutions to the wave equation on asymptotically flat, stationary spacetimes in (1+3) dimensions. We investigate the relationship between the rate at which the geometry tends to flat and the pointwise decay rate of waves. Sharp Huygens’ Principle tells us that waves decay infinitely fast in the flat setting. In Tataru 2013 a $t^{-3}$ decay rate was found when the spacetime tends toward flat at a rate of $|x|^{-1}$. Tataru’s result proved a long-standing conjecture about wave decay on the Schwarzschild spacetime, which describes the geometry due to a single, stationary black hole. In the current work we obtain pointwise decay for geometries in between the known cases – where the geometry is curved but tends toward flat at a rate faster than $|x|^{-1}$. We include a weak local energy decay assumption on the evolution of the equation. Geometrically this corresponds to assuming there are no stable trapped sets on the manifold. The weak local energy decay estimate is also deeply connected to the existence of the resolvent at zero frequency. We take advantage of this connection to obtain the final decay rate.
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Prof. Jared Wunsch
Contact email: jwunsch@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-5580
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