Certain exotic Lorentzian manifolds, including some of importance to string theory, possess an unusual geometric feature called an "evanescent ergosurface". In this talk I will introduce this feature and motivate the study of the wave equation on the associated geometries. It turns out that the presence of an evanescent ergosurface prevents the energy of waves from being uniformly bounded in terms of their initial energy; I will outline the proof of this statement. An immediate corollary is that there do not exist manifolds with both an evanescent ergosurface and a globally timelike Killing vector field.
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- Geometry and Analysis Seminar