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Collision of plane gravitational and electromagnetic waves in a Minkowski background: solution of the characteristic initial value problem
preprintposted on 2005-07-19, 14:03 authored by G.A. Alekseev, Jerry Griffiths
We consider the collisions of plane gravitational and electromagnetic waves with distinct wavefronts and of arbitrary polarizations in a Minkowski background. We first present a new, completely geometric formulation of the characteristic initial value problem for solutions in the wave interaction region for which initial data are those associated with the approaching waves. We present also a general approach to the solution of this problem which enables us in principle to construct solutions in terms of the specified initial data. This is achieved by re-formulating the nonlinear dynamical equations for waves in terms of an associated linear problem on the spectral plane. A system of linear integral “evolution” equations which solve this spectral problem for specified initial data is constructed. It is then demonstrated explicitly how various colliding plane wave space-times can be constructed from given characteristic initial data.
- Mathematical Sciences
NotesThis pre-print has been submitted, and accepted, for publication in the journal, Classical and quantum gravity. The definitive version: ALEKSEEV, G.A, and GRIFFITHS, J.B., 2004. Collision of plane gravitational and electromagnetic waves in a Minkowski background: solution of the characteristic initial value problem. Classical and quantum gravity, 21(23),pp.5623-5654 is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com.