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Grants





Albert Einstein Center for Gravitation and Astrophysics (GB1437086G)
from 01/01/2014
to 31/12/2018 investigator

Objectives:
We propose to establish the Albert Einstein Center for Gravitation and Astrophysics, a Project of Excellence that will bring together four leading research teams from the Czech Republic to address outstanding problems in gravitation theory and its astrophysical applications. We will strive to answer questions such as: What are the properties of exact models of gravitational radiation? How will the most important physical processes near rotating black holes change in the presence of largescale magnetic fields or external sources? What are the mathematical and physical aspects of higherdimensional relativity, including its implications for other fields of physics? The applying teams have longterm expertise in the relevant areas of theoretical physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. They include internationally recognized leaders as well as young researchers working at the main universities and research institutes in the Czech Republic.



Higher dimensional gravity (GA1310042S)
from 01/02/2013
to 31/12/2017 investigator

Objectives:
Recently our group (with collaborators in Halifax, Canada and Cambridge, UK) has developed a generalization of various fundamental tools of fourdimensional (D=4) general relativity to higher dimensions (Petrov classification, NewmanPenrose and GHP formalisms). In this project we plan to apply these methods to various research problems . i) We will study D>4 Einstein spacetimes , their asymptotic properties and generalization of the GoldbergSachs theorem for D>5 and construct exact algebraically special D>4 spacetimes. ii) Following our recent work in quadratic gravity, we plan to find various classes of exact algebraically special vacuum solutions of Lovelock gravity. iii) Recently a duality between solutions of incompressible NavierStokes equations in p+1 dimensions with vacuum solutions of Einstein equations in p+2 dimensions (which seem to be algebraically special for p=2 ) has been discussed by Strominger et al. We intend to use our D>4 algebraic classification to study duality between solutions of 3+1 NavierStokes equations and 4+1 spacetimes.



Algebraic classification of tensors on Lorentzian manifolds and its applications (M100191201)
from 01/07/2012
to 30/06/2015 investigator

Objectives:
We will search for exact vacuum solutions of generalized theories of gravity using the algebraic classification of tensors and the generalization of the GerochHeldPenrose formalism to higher dimensions codeveloped by our department. Particular focus is on so called universal solutions – vacuum solutions to all theories of gravity derived from the Lagrangian constructed from the metric, the Riemann tensor and its arbitrary covariant derivatives. Another objective is to develop a refinement of the algebraic classifications of tensors in five dimensions.



General Relativity in higher dimensions (P203/10/0749)
from 01/01/2010
to 31/12/2012 investigator

Study of various aspects of higherdimensional relativity with main emphasis on the algebraic classification of curvature tensors and applications.



Solutions of the Einstein equations in higher dimensions (KJB100190702)
from 01/01/2007
to 31/12/2009 main investigator

One of the most important methods used for finding exact solutions of the Einstein equations in four dimensions (4D) is the Petrov classification. Recent rapid development of higher dimensional gravity was motivated by string theory and large extra dimensions scenarios. In our previous joint work with A. Coley and R. Milson, we developed a generalization of the Petrov classification for higher dimensions. This classification has been already used in differential geometry, high energy physics and higher dimensional gravity but in comparison with the situation in four dimensions, possible applications remain largely unexplored. We plan to focus on these applications. We want to study certain classes of spacetimes (the Kundt class, KerrSchild metrics) and generalize various 4D theorems to higher dimensions. We also plan to study algebraically special classes (types N, D). Besides vacuum solutions we also plan to study solutions of the EinsteinMaxwellChernSimons equations.
