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Generating a cosmological constant with gravitational waves

Abstract : A technique is given to derive the well-known Bell-Szekeres solution of the Einstein-Maxwell vacuum field equations describing the space-time and the Maxwell field following the head-on collision of two homogeneous, plane, electromagnetic shock waves. The analogue of this technique is then utilized to construct the gravitational field following the head-on collision of two homogeneous plane gravitational shock waves. The latter collision, which is followed by a pair of impulsive gravitational waves and a pair of light-like shells traveling away from each other provides a mechanism for generating a cosmological constant.
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Claude Barrabès, P. A. Hogan. Generating a cosmological constant with gravitational waves. General Relativity and Gravitation, Springer Verlag, 2013, 46 (1), pp.1635. ⟨10.1007/s10714-013-1635-5⟩. ⟨hal-00958911⟩

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