Transparency of strong gravitational waves
Abstract
This paper studies diagonal spacetime metrics. It is shown that the overdetermined Einstein vacuum equations are compatible if one Killing vector exists. The stability of plane gravitational waves of the Robinson type is studied. This stability problem bares a fantastic mathematical resemblance to the stability of the Schwarzschild black hole studied by Regge and Wheeler. Just like for the Schwarzschild black hole, the Robinson gravitational waves are proven to be stable with respect to small perturbations. We conjecture that a bigger class of vacuum solutions are stable, among which are all gravitational solitons. Moreover, the stability analysis reveals a surprising fact: a wave barrier will be transparent to the Robinson waves, which therefore passes through the barrier freely. This is a hint of integrability of the 1+2 vacuum Einstein equations for diagonal metrics.
 Publication:

Journal of Geometry and Physics
 Pub Date:
 June 2014
 DOI:
 10.1016/j.geomphys.2014.02.004
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1401.7251
 Bibcode:
 2014JGP....80...37H
 Keywords:

 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 doi:10.1016/j.geomphys.2014.02.004