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Student Dynamics/Geometry Topology

Date:  Monday, March 21, 2022
Location:  3866 East Hall (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

Title:  Penrose's incompleteness theorem

Abstract:   A central area of study in general relativity is the formation of spacetime singularities. In the 1960s, Roger Penrose proved a theorem related to this area of study, in particular concerning the issue of geodesic incompleteness in spacetimes. In doing so, he introduced the very important notion of closed trapped surfaces. In this talk, we will introduce and discuss closed trapped surfaces, focal points, and the proof of Penrose's theorem.


Speaker:  Christopher Stith
Institution:  University of Michigan

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