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dc.contributor.supervisor Kunstatter, Gabor (Physics and Astronomy) en_US
dc.contributor.author Taves, Timothy Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-12T13:58:05Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-12T13:58:05Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Gabor Kunstatter, Hideki Maeda, and Tim Taves. Hamiltonian Dynamics of Lovelock Black Holes with Spherical Symmetry. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 30(6):065002, 2013. ”(c) IOP Publishing. Reproduced by permission of IOP Publishing. All rights reserved”. doi:10.1088/0264-9381/30/6/065002. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Tim Taves and Gabor Kunstatter. Higher Dimensional Choptuik Scaling in Painleve-Gullstrand Coordinates. Physical Review D, 84(4):044034, 2011. ”Copyright (2011) by the American Physical Society.”. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.84.044034. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Nils Deppe, C. Danielle Leonard, Tim Taves, Gabor Kunstatter, and Robert B. Mann. Critical Collapse in Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet Gravity in Five and Six Dimensions. Physical Review D, 86(10):104011, 2012. ”Copyright (2012) by the American Physical Society.”. doi:10.1103/ PhysRevD.86.104011. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/22179
dc.description.abstract Some branches of quantum gravity demand the existence of higher dimensions and the addition of higher curvature terms to the gravitational Lagrangian in the form of the Lovelock polynomials. In this thesis we investigate some of the classical properties of Lovelock gravity. We first derive the Hamiltonian for Lovelock gravity and find that it takes the same form as in general relativity when written in terms of the Misner-Sharp mass function. We then minimally couple the action to matter fields to find Hamilton’s equations of motion. These are gauge fixed to be in the Painleve-Gullstrand co–ordinates and are well suited to numerical studies of black hole formation. We then use these equations of motion for the massless scalar field to study the formation of general relativistic black holes in four to eight dimensions and Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet black holes in five and six dimensions. We study Choptuik scaling, a phenomenon which relates the initial conditions of a matter distribution to the final observables of small black holes. In both higher dimensional general relativity and Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet gravity we confirm the existence of cusps in the mass scaling relation which had previously only been observed in four dimensional general relativity. In the general relativistic case we then calculate the critical exponents for four to eight dimensions and find agreement with previous calculations by Bland et al but not Sorkin et al who both worked in null co–ordinates. For the Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet case we find that the self-similar behaviour seen in the general relativistic case is destroyed. We find that it is replaced by some other form of scaling structure. In five dimensions we find that the period of the critical solution at the origin is proportional to roughly the cube root of the Gauss-Bonnet parameter and that there is evidence for a minimum black hole radius. In six dimensions we see evidence for a new type of scaling. We also show, from the equations of motion, that there is reason to expect qualitative differences between five and higher dimensions. en_US
dc.publisher IOP Publishing en_US
dc.publisher American Physical Society en_US
dc.subject Lovelock en_US
dc.subject gravity en_US
dc.subject general en_US
dc.subject relativity en_US
dc.subject Choptuik en_US
dc.subject scaling en_US
dc.subject Hamiltonian en_US
dc.subject Painleve en_US
dc.subject Gullstrand en_US
dc.subject geometrodynamics en_US
dc.subject canonical en_US
dc.subject Misner en_US
dc.subject Sharp en_US
dc.subject numerical en_US
dc.title Black Hole Formation in Lovelock Gravity en_US
dc.degree.discipline Physics and Astronomy en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Osborn, Thomas (Physics and Astronomy) Schippers, Eric (Mathematics) Garfinkle, David (Physics, Oakland University, USA) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2013 en_US


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