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Second variation in general relativity

Bartnik, R (Monash)
Monday 17 October 2005, 16:00-17:00

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


The formula for the second variation of area of a hypersurface is well known in geometry, where it is used to study stability questions involving minimal surfaces. It is not so well known is that it plays a key role in several seemingly unrelated classical computations in general relativity. I'll describe some of these applications.


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