A C^k-extension of a smooth and connected Lorentzian manifold (M,g) is an isometric embedding of M into a proper subset of a connected Lorentzian manifold (N,h) of the same dimension, where the Lorentzian metric h is C^k regular. If no such extension exists, then we say that (M,g) is C^k-inextendible. The study of low-regularity inextendibility criteria for Lorentzian manifolds is motivated by the strong cosmic censorship conjecture in general relativity.
The Schwarzschild spacetime is manifestly inextendible as a Lorentzian manifold with a C^2 regular metric. In this talk I will describe how one
proves the stronger statement that the maximal analytic Schwarzschild spacetime is inextendible as a Lorentzian manifold with a continuous metric.
- Geometry and Analysis Seminar