7-17 April 2008
Niels Bohr International Academy
Europe/Copenhagen timezone

Ricci flow as an algorithm to construct black hole metrics

11 Apr 2008, 10:20
Aud. A (Niels Bohr International Academy)

Aud. A

Niels Bohr International Academy

Blegdamsvej 17 2100 Copenhagen Denmark


Tobias Wiseman (Imperial College)


Ricci flow potentially provides a tool to allow explicit numerical construction of black hole metrics of interest in physics. Whilst in 4 dimensions stationary black holes of interest are known analytically, I will discuss how black holes in theories with extra dimensions (such as string theory) are generally not known analytically. Then a numerical construction of the metric is likely the only way to examine them. I will show that black holes (of interest) are actually unstable fixed points of Ricci flow and I will discuss how to use the flow in practice for this application.

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