This is the second part of a series devoted to the singular initial value problem for second-order hyperbolic Fuchsian systems. In the first part, we defined and investigated this general class of systems, and we established a well-posedness theory in weighted Sobolev spaces. This theory is applied here to the vacuum Einstein equations for Gowdy spacetimes admitting, by definition, two Killing fields satisfying certain geometric conditions. We recover, by more direct and simpler arguments, the well-posedness results established earlier by Rendall and collaborators. In addition, in this paper we introduce a natural approximation scheme, which we refer to as the Fuchsian numerical algorithm and is directly motivated by our general theory. This algorithm provides highly accurate, numerical approximations of the solution to the singular initial value problem. In particular, for the class of Gowdy spacetimes under consideration, various numerical experiments are presented which show the interest and efficiency of the proposed method. Finally, as an application, we numerically construct Gowdy spacetimes containing a smooth, incomplete, non-compact Cauchy horizon.
- Pub Date:
- June 2010
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
- Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs;
- 22 pages. A shortened version is included in: F. Beyer and P.G. LeFloch, Second-order hyperbolic Fuchsian systems and applications, Class. Quantum Grav. 27 (2010), 245012