Monthly Archives: January 2024

Joonhyun La (Korea Institute for Advanced Study)

The APDE seminar on Monday, 1/29, will be given by Joonhyun La (Korea Institute for Advanced Study) in-person in Evans 740, and will also be broadcasted online via Zoom from 4:10pm to 5:00pm PST. To participate, please email Federico Pasqualotto ( or Mengxuan Yang (

Title: Null shell solutions – stability and instability

Abstract: In this talk, we study initial value problem for the Einstein equation with null matter fields, motivated by null shell solutions of Einstein equation. In particular, we show that null shell solutions can be constructed as limits of spacetimes with null matter fields. We also study the stability of these solutions in Sobolev space: we prove that solutions with one family of null matter field are stable, while the interaction of two families of null matter fields can give rise to an instability.