The dynamics of a self-gravitating matter shell in general relativity is discussed in general. The case of a spherical shell composed of an arbitrary ideal fluid is then considered, and its Lagrangian function is derived from first principles. For this purpose, the standard Hilbert action is modified by an appropriate surface term at spatial infinity. The total Hamiltonian of the composed "shell+gravity" system is then calculated. Known results for the dust matter are recovered as particular cases. The above "surface renormalization" of the Hilbert action may be used for any spatially flat spacetime.
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)