A new proof of the positive energy theorem

Edward Witten

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Abstract

A new proof is given of the positive energy theorem of classical general relativity. Also, a new proof is given that there are no asymptotically Euclidean gravitational instantons. (These theorems have been proved previously, by a different method, by Schoen and Yau.) The relevance of these results to the stability of Minkowski space is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-402
Number of pages22
JournalCommunications In Mathematical Physics
Volume80
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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