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Carla Cederbaum, Named Assistant Research Professor

Carla Cederbaum

Please note: Carla has left the Mathematics department at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  218 Physics Building
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Office Hours:

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PhDFreie Universität Berlin2011
DiplUniversität Freiburg2007
MAStUniversity of Cambridge2003

Mathematical Physics
Research Interests: Mathematical Relativity; Differential Geometry; Geometric Analysis; Calculus of Variations

Mathematical Relativity, (Differential) Geometry, Geometric Analysis, and Calculus of Variations are my main mathematical interests. I particularly enjoy working on problems that are related to physics.

In my thesis, I began working on static metrics in General Relativity. My aim was and still is to obtain a deeper understanding of their geometry and to gain more insight into their physical interpretation (mass, center of mass, behaviour of test bodies etc.). I have coined the name "geometrostatics" for this endeavor. Static metrics appear in many physical and geometric settings; they are relevant for the static n-body problem as well as for Bartnik's concept of mass and his related conjecture about static metric extensions.

Moreover, together with Jörg Hennig and Marcus Ansorg, I have studied a geometric inequality between horizon area and anguar momentum for stationary and axisymmetric black holes. Our work has interesting applications in proving non-existence of multiple black hole horizons (Hennig, Neugebauer). It has been extended to general axisymmetric spacetimes containing (marginally) stable marginally outer trapped surfaces (Gabach-Clément, Jaramillo). Geometric inequalities of this type are attracting more and more attention and many different techniques have been introduced to the field (e.g. by Dain). I work on understanding how the different approaches are related and am curious about what their interrelations might reveal.

Finally, I am studying the Newtonian limit of General Relativity using Jürgen Ehlers' frame theory. I am particularly interested in proving consistence results showing that certain physical properties like relativistic mass converge to their Newtonian counterparts. In my thesis, I proved such consistence results for mass and center of mass in the geometrostatic setting. I am planning to extend my techniques and results to more general metrics in the future.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Carla Cederbaum, Geometrostatics: the geometry of static space-times, Conference Proceedings "Relativity and Gravitation -- 100 years after Einstein in Prague" (Accepted, 0) [arXiv:1210.4436]  [abs]
  2. Carla Cederbaum, The Newtonian Limit of Geometrostatics (July, 2011) (PhD thesis.) [FUDISS_thesis_000000023871]
  3. Marcus Ansorg, Jörg Hennig, Carla Cederbaum, Universal properties of distorted Kerr-Newman black holes, Gen. Relativ. Gravit., vol. 43 (2011), pp. 1205 [arXiv:1005.3128]
  4. Jörg Hennig, Carla Cederbaum, Marcus Ansorg, A universal inequality for axisymmetric and stationary black holes with surrounding matter in the Einstein-Maxwell theory, Comm. Math. Phys., vol. 293 no. 2 (2010), pp. 449–467 [arXiv:0812.2811]
  5. Jörg Hennig, Marcus Ansorg, Carla Cederbaum, A universal inequality between the angular momentum and horizon area for axisymmetric and stationary black holes with surrounding matter, Classical Quantum Gravity, vol. 25 no. 16 (2008), pp. 162002 [arXiv:0805.4320]
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. From Newton to Einstein: A guided tour through space and time, November 06, 2012, CUNY-CSI     [Poster] [Slides]
  2. From Newton to Einstein: a guided tour through space and time, April 27, 2012, Duke Physics Building 128 [video.html]     [Poster]
Conferences Organized

  • Annual East Coast Geometry Festival, April, 2012
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