Springer Theses

Scalar Fields in Numerical General Relativity

Inhomogeneous Inflation and Asymmetric Bubble Collapse

Authors: Clough, Katherine

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  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the King's College London, UK 
  • Offers a clear and pedagogical introduction to the process of simulating spacetimes using numerical relativity (NR), ideal for PhD students commencing work in the field
  •  Describes one of the first uses of NR to study inflationary physics beyond the perturbative regime and in the absence of symmetry assumptions, which is proving to be a new and rapidly developing field of research Provides a useful reference for those wishing to use the publicly available GRChombo code for numerical relativity, which this work helped develop
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This book explores the use of numerical relativity (NR) methods to solve cosmological problems, and describes one of the first uses of NR to study inflationary physics. NR consists in the solution of Einstein’s Equation of general relativity, which governs the evolution of matter and energy on cosmological scales, and in systems where there are strong gravitational effects, such as around black holes. To date, NR has mainly been used for simulating binary black hole and neutron star mergers like those detected recently by LIGO. Its use as a tool in fundamental problems of gravity and cosmology is novel, but rapidly gaining interest.

In this thesis, the author investigates the initial condition problem in early universe cosmology – whether an inflationary expansion period could have “got going” from initially inhomogeneous conditions – and identifies criteria for predicting the robustness of particular models. State-of-the-art numerical relativity tools are developed in order to address this question, which are now publicly available.

About the authors

Katy Clough studied Engineering Science at Oxford University, before embarking on a short-lived career in finance. An Open University degree in Physics inspired her to return to academia and she subsequently completed her PhD at King’s College London under the supervision of Dr Eugene Lim. Her first postdoctoral position is at Goettingen University in Germany, the former home of many great physicists and mathematicians including Riemann, Noether, Hilbert, Planck and Heisenberg. From October 2018 she will return to Oxford for a second postdoctoral position in the Beecroft Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scalar Fields in Numerical General Relativity
Book Subtitle
Inhomogeneous Inflation and Asymmetric Bubble Collapse
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92672-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92672-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92671-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06487-7
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 197
Number of Illustrations
84 b/w illustrations
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