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A class of conformal curves in the Reissner-Nordström spacetime. (English) Zbl 1295.83042
Summary: A class of curves with special conformal properties (conformal curves) is studied on the Reissner-Nordström spacetime. It is shown that initial data for the conformal curves can be prescribed so that the resulting congruence of curves extends smoothly to future and past null infinity. The formation of conjugate points on these congruences is examined. The results of this analysis are expected to be of relevance for the discussion of the Reissner-Nordström spacetime as a solution to the conformal field equations and for the global numerical evaluation of static black hole spacetimes.

MSC:
83C57 Black holes
83C15 Exact solutions to problems in general relativity and gravitational theory
83C10 Equations of motion in general relativity and gravitational theory
53Z05 Applications of differential geometry to physics
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