On necessary and sufficient conditions for strong hyperbolicity, work in collaboration with: Fernando Abalos

General Relativity, Geometry and Analysis: beyond the first 100 years after Einstein

28 November 10:00 - 11:00

Oscar Reula - Universidad Nacional de Cordoba

We study constant-coefficient first-order systems of partial differential equations and give necessary and sufficient conditions for those systems to have a well-posed Cauchy Problem. In many physical applications, due to the presence of constraints, the number of equations in the PDE system is larger than the number of unknowns, thus the standard Kreiss conditions can not be directly applied to check whether the system admits a well-posed initial value formulation. We find necessary and sufficient conditions such that there exists a reduced set of equations, of the same dimensionality as the set of unknowns, which satisfy Kreiss conditions and so are well defined and properly behaved evolution equations. We do that by decomposing the systems using the Kronecker decomposition of matrix pencils and, once the conditions are met, finding specific families of reductions.
Lars Andersson
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Mattias Dahl
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Philippe G. LeFloch
Sorbonne University
Richard Schoen
University of California, Irvine


Mattias Dahl


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