By using stationary-to-Randers correspondence (SRC, see Caponio et al. in Rev Mat Iberoamericana 27:919–952, 2011), a characterization of light and time-convexity of the boundary of a region of a standard stationary (n+1)-spacetime is obtained, in terms of the convexity of the boundary of a domain in a Finsler n or (n+1)-space of Randers type. The latter convexity is analyzed in depth and, as a consequence, the causal simplicity and the existence of causal geodesics confined in the region and connecting a point to a stationary line are characterized. Applications to asymptotically flat spacetimes include the light-convexity of hypersurfaces Sn−1(r)×R, where Sn−1(r) is a sphere of large radius in a spacelike section of an end, as well as the characterization of their time-convexity with natural physical interpretations. The lens effect of both light rays and freely falling massive particles with a finite lifetime, (i.e., the multiplicity of such connecting curves) is characterized in terms of the focalization of the geodesics in the underlying Randers manifolds.
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|Titolo:||Convex regions of stationary spacetimes and Randers spaces. Applications to lensing and asymptotic flatness|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|