Classification of static vacuum black holes

In a series of two papers ( arXiv:1806.00818 and arXiv:1806.00819 ) Martin Reiris Ithurralde classifies all metrically complete solutions of the static vacuum Einstein equations with compact (but not necessarily connected) horizon. Main Theorem Any static vacuum black hole is either a Schwarzschild black hole, a Boost, or of Myers/Korotkin-Nicolai type. Basic definition A static vacuum … Continue reading "Classification of static vacuum black holes"

Vier Exzellenzcluster in der Mathematik

Vor drei Tagen ( Pressemitteilung der DFG ) wurde die Entscheidung über die zukünftigen Exzellenzcluster veröffentlicht. Vier davon wird es in der Mathematik geben: in Bonn, in Münster, in Berlin sowie in Heidelberg. Die Förderung in den neuen Exzellenzclustern beginnt am 1. Januar 2019 und läuft sieben Jahre. Nach erfolgreicher Wiederbewerbung kann dies um weitere … Continue reading "Vier Exzellenzcluster in der Mathematik"

Shaw Prize 2018

Luis Caffarelli (wikipedia, homepage) from the University of Texas at Austin will receive the Shaw Prize 2018 in Mathematics (press release) for “his groundbreaking work on partial differential equations, including creating a theory of regularity for nonlinear equations such as the Monge–Ampère equation, and free-boundary problems such as the obstacle problem, work that has influenced … Continue reading "Shaw Prize 2018"

Thomas Friedrich 1949 – 2018

Thomas Friedrich was a German mathematian working in differential geometry and global analysis. He passed away in February 2018. Thomas Friedrich contributed substantially to the development of Berlin mathematics, he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Annals of Global Analysis and Geometry for more than three decades (and also one of the founding editors-in-chief), and in 2003 he received the … Continue reading "Thomas Friedrich 1949 – 2018"

Strong cosmic censorship conjecture

The cosmic censorship conjectures concern the singularities arising in general relativity. In May the QuantaMagazine published an article (link) about a potential disproof of a strong version of the cosmic censorship conjecture. This article is nicely written and I recommend everybody interested in general relativity reading it. The preprint the QuantaMagazine refers to is arXiv:1710.01722 … Continue reading "Strong cosmic censorship conjecture"

Contractible 3-manifolds and positive scalar curvature

It is known that \(\mathbb{R}^3\) admits a complete metric of uniformly positive scalar curvature. In fact, for any closed manifold \(X\) and any \(k \ge 3\) the manifold \(X \times \mathbb{R}^k\) admits a complete metric of uniformly positive scalar curvature by a result of Rosenberg and Stolz (link). Now there exist contractible, open 3-manifolds which are not … Continue reading "Contractible 3-manifolds and positive scalar curvature"

Prizes, prizes, prizes

Several prizes have been awarded in the past few weeks to mathematicians. Kyoto Prize The Kyoto Prize 2018 in the category Basic Sciences was awarded to Masaki Kashiwara from the RIMS at Kyoto University. (announcement) The Kyoto Prize is awarded annually to “those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind” … Continue reading "Prizes, prizes, prizes"