When solving Einstein's equations with negative cosmological constant, the natural setting is that of an initial-boundary value problem. Data is specified on the timelike conformal boundary as well as on some initial spacelike (or null) hypersurface. At the PDE level, one finds that the boundary data is typically prescribed on a surface at which the equations become singular and standard energy estimates break down. I will discuss how to handle this singularity by introducing a renormalisation procedure. I will also talk about the consequences of different choices of boundary conditions for solutions of Einstein’s equations with negative cosmological constant.
- Partial Differential Equations Seminar