A Spacetime Alexandrov Theorem
Let Σ be an embedded spacelike codimension-2 submanifold in a spherically symmetric spacetime satisfying null convergence condition. Suppose Σ has constant null mean curvature and zero torsion. We prove that Σ must lie in a standard null cone. This generalizes the classical Alexandrov theorem which classifies embedded constant mean curvature hypersurfaces in Euclidean space. The proof follows the idea of Ros and Brendle. We first derive a spacetime Minkowski formula for spacelike codimension-2 submanifolds using conformal Killing-Yano 2-forms. The Minkowski formula is then combined with a Heintze-Karcher type geometric inequality to prove the main theorem. We also obtain several rigidity results for codimension-2 submanifolds in spherically symmetric spacetimes.
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Wang, Ye-Kai
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Wang, Mu-Tao
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Columbia University. Mathematics
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Mathematics
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2014
eng
2014-07-07T15:41:44Z
2018-02-17T02:04:07Z
Ph.D.
2
Mathematics
Columbia University
10.7916/D8MG7MN2