Hamiltonian formulation of the Belinskii-Khalatnikov-Lifshitz conjecture

Ashtekar, Abhay and Henderson, Adam and Sloan, David (2011) Hamiltonian formulation of the Belinskii-Khalatnikov-Lifshitz conjecture. Physical Review D, 83 (8). ISSN 1550-7998

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The Belinskii, Khalatnikov, and Lifshitz conjecture [V. A. Belinskii, I. M. Khalatnikov, and E. M. Lifshitz, Adv. Phys. 19, 525 (1970)] posits that on approach to a spacelike singularity in general relativity the dynamics are well approximated by “ignoring spatial derivatives in favor of time derivatives.” In A. Ashtekar, A. Henderson, and D. Sloan, Classical Quantum Gravity 26, 052 001 (2009), we examined this idea from within a Hamiltonian framework and provided a new formulation of the conjecture in terms of variables well suited to loop quantum gravity. We now present the details of the analytical part of that investigation. While our motivation came from quantum considerations, thanks to some of its new features, our formulation should be useful also for future analytical and numerical investigations within general relativity.

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