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Geometric analysis of hyperbolic differential equations : an introduction / S. Alinhac.

By: Alinhac, S. (Serge)Material type: TextTextSeries: London Mathematical Society lecture note series ; 374.Publication details: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010. Description: 1 online resource (ix, 118 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781139127844; 1139127845; 9781139107198; 1139107194; 9781139115018; 1139115014; 1107203589; 9781107203587; 1283296039; 9781283296038; 1139122924; 9781139122924; 9786613296030; 6613296031; 1139117181; 9781139117180; 1139112821; 9781139112826Subject(s): Nonlinear wave equations | Differential equations, Hyperbolic | Quantum theory | Geometry, Differential | MATHEMATICS -- Differential Equations -- Partial | Differential equations, Hyperbolic | Geometry, Differential | Nonlinear wave equations | Quantum theory | Hyperbolische Differentialgleichung | Nichtlineare WellengleichungGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Geometric analysis of hyperbolic differential equations.DDC classification: 515/.3535 LOC classification: QA927 | .A3886 2010ebOther classification: SI 320 | SK 540 | SK 560 | MAT 357f | PHY 041f Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
1. Introduction -- 2. Metrics and frames -- 3. Computing with frames -- 4. Energy inequalities and frames -- 5. The good components -- 6. Pointwise estimates and commutations -- 7. Frames and curvature -- 8. Nonlinear equations, a priori estimates and induction -- 9. Applications to some quasilinear hyperbolic problems -- References -- Index.
Summary: "Its self-contained presentation and 'do-it-yourself' approach make this the perfect guide for graduate students and researchers wishing to access recent literature in the field of nonlinear wave equations and general relativity. It introduces all of the key tools and concepts from Lorentzian geometry (metrics, null frames, deformation tensors, etc.) and provides complete elementary proofs. The author also discusses applications to topics in nonlinear equations, including null conditions and stability of Minkowski space. No previous knowledge of geometry or relativity is required"--Provided by publisher.Summary: "The field of nonlinear hyperbolic equations or systems has seen a tremendous development since the beginning of the 1980s. We are concentrating here on multidimensional situations, and on quasilinear equations or systems, that is, when the coefficients of the principal part depend on the unknown function itself. The pioneering works by F. John, D. Christodoulou, L. Hörmander, S. Klainerman, A. Majda and many others have been devoted mainly to the questions of blowup, lifespan, shocks, global existence, etc. Some overview of the classical results can be found in the books of Majda [42] and Hörmander [24]. On the other hand, Christodoulou and Klainerman [18] proved in around 1990 the stability of Minkowski space, a striking mathematical result about the Cauchy problem for the Einstein equations. After that, many works have dealt with diagonal systems of quasilinear wave equations, since this is what Einstein equations reduce to when written in the so-called harmonic coordinates. The main feature of this particular case is that the (scalar) principal part of the system is a wave operator associated to a unique Lorentzian metric on the underlying space-time"--Provided by publisher.
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"Its self-contained presentation and 'do-it-yourself' approach make this the perfect guide for graduate students and researchers wishing to access recent literature in the field of nonlinear wave equations and general relativity. It introduces all of the key tools and concepts from Lorentzian geometry (metrics, null frames, deformation tensors, etc.) and provides complete elementary proofs. The author also discusses applications to topics in nonlinear equations, including null conditions and stability of Minkowski space. No previous knowledge of geometry or relativity is required"--Provided by publisher.

"The field of nonlinear hyperbolic equations or systems has seen a tremendous development since the beginning of the 1980s. We are concentrating here on multidimensional situations, and on quasilinear equations or systems, that is, when the coefficients of the principal part depend on the unknown function itself. The pioneering works by F. John, D. Christodoulou, L. Hörmander, S. Klainerman, A. Majda and many others have been devoted mainly to the questions of blowup, lifespan, shocks, global existence, etc. Some overview of the classical results can be found in the books of Majda [42] and Hörmander [24]. On the other hand, Christodoulou and Klainerman [18] proved in around 1990 the stability of Minkowski space, a striking mathematical result about the Cauchy problem for the Einstein equations. After that, many works have dealt with diagonal systems of quasilinear wave equations, since this is what Einstein equations reduce to when written in the so-called harmonic coordinates. The main feature of this particular case is that the (scalar) principal part of the system is a wave operator associated to a unique Lorentzian metric on the underlying space-time"--Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Introduction -- 2. Metrics and frames -- 3. Computing with frames -- 4. Energy inequalities and frames -- 5. The good components -- 6. Pointwise estimates and commutations -- 7. Frames and curvature -- 8. Nonlinear equations, a priori estimates and induction -- 9. Applications to some quasilinear hyperbolic problems -- References -- Index.

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