Unlike the classical Cauchy problem in general relativity, which has been well-understood since the pioneering work of Y. Choquet-Bruhat (1952), the initial boundary value problem for the Einstein equations still lacks a comprehensive treatment. In particular, there is no geometric description of the boundary data yet known, which makes the problem well-posed for general timelike boundaries. Various gauge-dependent results have been established. Timelike boundaries naturally arise in the study of massive bodies, numerics, AdS spacetimes. I will give an overview of the problem and then present recent joint work with Jacques Smulevici that treates the special case of a totally geodesic boundary.
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- Partial Differential Equations Seminar