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Why we should not take the Liu-Yau quasi-local mass seriously

O'Murchadha, N (University College, Cork)
Friday 16 December 2005, 15:00-15:30

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


The Liu-Yau mass is a true mass, it is frame independent. However, the Liu-Yau mass is bigger than the Brown-York energy on any surface for which both can be defined. Further, if I take a sequence of `coordinate spheres' on any spacelike slice, both the Liu-Yau mass and the Brown-York energy asymptote to the ADM mass (which is really an energy, the `0'-th component of a Lorentz covariant 4-vector). This means that in any asymptotically flat spacetime, I can find a 2-surface with unboundedly large Liu-Yau mass. This is even true for Minkowski space.

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