Strong Cosmic Censorship

General Relativity Seminar

Speaker: Professor Oscar Dias (University of Southampton)

Title: Strong Cosmic Censorship

Abstract: Generically, strong cosmic censorship (SCC) is the statement that physics within general relativity should be predicted from initial data prescribed on a Cauchy hypersurface. In this talk I will review how fine-tuned versions of SCC have been formulated and evolved along the last decades up to the point where we believe that Christodoulou’s version is true in asymptotically flat spacetimes. However, I will also describe that in recent years it was found that this is no longer necessarily true for some other backgrounds, namely in some de Sitter (with a positive cosmological constant) spacetimes or even in rotating BTZ black holes in 3-dimensional Anti-de Sitter spacetime. Finally, I will discuss some possibilities (quantum effects, non-smooth initial data,…) that might restore SCC in those backgrounds where the standard formulation of the conjecture is violated.