Homogeneous Plane-wave Spacetimes and their Stability

Sigbjorn Hervik, Hari K. Kunduri, James Lucietti

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We consider the stability of spatially homogeneous plane-wave spacetimes. We carry out a full analysis for plane-wave spacetimes in (4+1) dimensions, and find there are two cases to consider; what we call non-exceptional and exceptional. In the non-exceptional case the plane waves are stable to (spatially homogeneous) vacuum perturbations as well as a restricted set of matter perturbations. In the exceptional case we always find an instability. Also we consider the Milne universe in arbitrary dimensions and find it is also stable provided the strong energy condition is satisfied. This implies that there exists an open set of stable plane-wave solutions in arbitrary dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2003


  • gr-qc
  • astro-ph
  • hep-th

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