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Mikhail Z. Iofa, "Kodama-Schwarzschild versus Gaussian Normal Coordinates Picture of Thin Shells", *Advances in High Energy Physics*, vol. 2016, Article ID 5632734, 6 pages, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/5632734

# Kodama-Schwarzschild versus Gaussian Normal Coordinates Picture of Thin Shells

**Academic Editor:**S. Habib Mazharimousavi

#### Abstract

Geometry of the spacetime with a spherical shell embedded in it is studied in two coordinate systems: Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinates and Gaussian normal coordinates. We find explicit coordinate transformation between the Kodama-Schwarzschild and Gaussian normal coordinate systems. We show that projections of the metrics on the surface swept by the shell in the 4D spacetime in both cases are identical. In the general case of time-dependent metrics we calculate extrinsic curvatures of the shell in both coordinate systems and show that the results are identical. Applications to the Israel junction conditions are discussed.

#### 1. Introduction

Thin shells provide a useful tool to study dynamics of collapsing body eventually forming black hole and Hawking radiation from the black hole [1, 2].

Dynamics of domain walls was studied by Israel [3], Poisson [4], Ipser and Sikivie [5], Berezin et al. [6], Blau et al. [7], Chowdhury [8], Gladush [9], Kraus and Wilczek [10], and many other authors.

There are two natural settings to study geometry of the spacetime with a spherical shell: that based on Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinates and that employing the Gaussian normal coordinate system.

Kodama found that in any (possibly time-dependent) spherically symmetric spacetime there exists a conserved vector which is timelike in the exterior of the shell [11]. Although the Kodama vector does not reduce to the Killing vector even in the static spacetime, it can be used to define a preferred “time coordinate” and to construct a geometrically preferred coordinate system for a spherically symmetric spacetime [11–15]. Because the Kodama vector is orthogonal to , one can construct the time coordinate so that is orthogonal to [15]. Using the Schwarzschild radial coordinate , one arrives at the diagonal, time-dependent spherically symmetric metric which in this parametrization in the sector has the metric components and .

The Gaussian normal coordinate system in the neighborhood of the shell [7, 16] is constructed by using a family of nonintersecting geodesics orthogonal to the surface swept by the shell. Coordinates of a point outside of the shell are introduced as the geodesic distance from the point to the shell along the geodesic orthogonal to the surface and coordinates of the intersection point of the geodesic with .

The aim of the present paper is to study connection between two approaches. We find explicit coordinate transformation between the Kodama -Schwarzschild and Gaussian normal coordinate systems. We show that projections of the metrics on the surface swept by the shell in the 4D spacetime in both cases are identical. In the general case of time-dependent metrics we calculate extrinsic curvatures of the shell in both coordinate systems and show that the results are identical. Applications of the above results to the Israel junction conditions are discussed.

#### 2. Kodama-Schwarzschild Coordinates

The () dimensional hypersurface swept by a spherically symmetric shell divides 4D spacetime in two regions . Any spherically symmetric metric in spacetime has the general formHere , where are coordinates in the base space and and are coordinates on the spherically symmetric fibers. For any spherically symmetric spacetime it is possible to introduce a vector (Kodama vector) [11–15, 17], which lies in the radial-temporal plane, where By construction Kodama vector is orthogonal to . Choosing the time coordinate so that [15], one obtains the metric in the diagonal form because and are orthogonal to . In the parametrization through the time coordinate and Schwarzschild radial coordinate the metric can be expressed aswhere . In this parametrization is interpreted as the quasi-local mass (Misner-Sharp-Hernandez mass) [18, 19]. Note that in this parametrization the metric is diagonal.

Position of the surface is defined by parametric equations , . The metrics induced on the shell from the regions are From the requirement that the metrics induced on from both regions coincide (first Israel condition) it follows that By choosing as the proper time on the surface, one obtainsand projection of the metric on is

#### 3. Gaussian Normal Coordinates

Gaussian normal coordinate system in 4D spacetime in which a hypersurface swept by the spherical shell divides into two regions is introduced starting from a certain coordinate system with a metric . The surface is parametrized by coordinates Consider a neighborhood of with a system of geodesics orthogonal to . The neighborhood is chosen so that the geodesics do not intersect; that is, any point in the neighborhood is located on one and only one geodesic. Let us consider a point in the neighborhood of with the geodesic orthogonal to which goes through this point. The new coordinate system is introduced in the following way. Three coordinates of the point coincide with the coordinates of the point of intersection of the geodesic with . The fourth coordinate of a point is equal to the proper geodesic distance along the geodesic from the point to . The proper length along the geodesic iswhere is the affine parameter along the geodesic. Expression (8) is invariant under the coordinate transformations with Jacobian equal to unity, and we can rewrite (8) through the new coordinates and the metric . Taking the derivative over from both sides of (8) over , one hasor . Orthogonality condition of the tangent vector to geodesic to the tangent surface to isor . The tangent vector is orthogonal to and the vector is in the plane tangent to .

The metrics in are (below, to simplify formulas, we omit the subscript everywhere, where it does not lead to confusion)Because of condition (10), on the surface the interval reduces toOn the surface reparametrization of allows setting , which is assumed in the following. It is seen that one can identify with and with . In the following we use the variable .

#### 4. Transformation between the Coordinate Systems

Coordinate transformation and from Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinates to Gaussian normal coordinates yields the following relations between the components of the metrics (6) and (11):where prime and dot denote derivatives over and . On the surface transformations (13)–(15) are of the same form with the substitution , and , .

It is straightforward to obtain solution of systems (13)–(15) in the spacetime regions as , , and . Instead of writing this cumbersome and not instructive general solution, we consider the restriction of the transformation to the surface which we use as follows:Because is orientable, on a normal vector can be defined. In Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinates tangent, , and normal, , vectors to the surface at either side of the surface areNormalizing to unity, we obtainTransformations of the components of the tangent vector from Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinates to Gaussian coordinates areThe corresponding transformations of the components of the normal vector areIn (22) and (23) we used expressions (16), where all the square roots for , and are taken with the same signs. The upper sign in (23) corresponds to the square roots taken with the sign (+).

Next, we consider another method to construct the explicit form of the coordinate transformation from Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinates to Gaussian normal coordinates. The problem can be solved in principle by solving the geodesic equations:In the general case with metric (3) depending on the system of nonlinear differential equations is not tractable. Explicit relations can be obtained in the case of metric (3) with the components independent of (in this case it is possible to set : introducing new variable by the relation and denoting , we obtain the metric (3) with .). In this case the geodesic equations in Kodama -Schwarzschild coordinates arewhere is affine parameter. The first integrals of the system of equations areHere , . To maintain spherical symmetry, we take . By construction the vector is tangent to the geodesic. Let us consider the geodesics orthogonal to . In this case the affine parameter can be identified with the parameter . From (26) it follows that the vector is normalized to unity. At the surface the vector up to the sign coincides with the normal vector (19). Thus, at the surface we have . For we obtainOn the surface solution (27) coincides with formulas (16).

In Kodama-Schwarzschild parametrization the variables and have a clear geometrical meaning: at the plane varies along the trajectory of the shell , and varies along the geodesics orthogonal to the surface swept by the shell.

#### 5. Extrinsic Curvature

The extrinsic curvatures at either side of are where are coordinates on , , and (;) denote covariant derivative with respect to . In Kodama-Schwarzschild parametrization . In Kodama-Schwarzschild parametrization the nonzero components of the extrinsic curvature areUsing the identity , we have . From the identity it follows that or . Direct calculation yields is expressed asUsing the expressions of Section 4 for and with the upper signs, we obtain the extrinsic curvature in Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinatesHere transforming from (31) to (32) we substituted which follows from (6).

In Gaussian normal coordinates the components of the extrinsic curvature areIn the general case of the functions depending on calculation is straightforward but cumbersome. Below we perform calculation for the case of independent of . Using solutions (27), we haveUsing (13), we obtainSubstituting expressions (38), we obtainIt is seen that extrinsic curvatures in both parametrizations coincide.

#### 6. Israel Junction Conditions

Next, we consider the Einstein equations and the Israel junction conditions. The energy-momentum tensor is taken in the formBecause the values of the extrinsic curvatures at the opposite sides of are different, the derivative of the extrinsic curvature through the surface contains -singularity. From the singular part of the component of the Einstein equations projected on , follow the relations,where and . The component of the Einstein equations, (vertical bar stands for covariant derivative with respect to metric (7)) yieldsFrom the component of the Einstein equations, it follows thatFurther restrictions on follow from the conservation equations of the energy-momentum tensor [7].

Projections of the components of the bulk metric defined as are

Projections of the tangent vector are

Assuming that the energy-momentum tensor has the form , from (43), we obtainFrom Israel conditions (45) written as we haveIn the case of metric (3) with the function independent of from (40) one obtainsIsrael conditions take a simple form in the case . From the Israel conditions it follows thatSolving this system of equations, we find that andRelation (55) can be rewritten as (cf.[8])

#### 7. Conclusions

Geometry and connection between the two coordinate systems used to study dynamics of thin shells, Kodama-Schwarzschild coordinates and Gaussian normal coordinate system, were studied. Transformation between the coordinate systems is studied and explicitly constructed for the case of Kodama-Schwarzschild metric independent of time. Extrinsic curvatures of the surface swept by the shell in the ambient space are calculated for a general time-dependent metric in both Kodama-Schwarzschild and normal Gaussian parametrizations and are shown to give the same result. Application to the Israel junction conditions is discussed.

#### Competing Interests

The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This work was partially supported by the Ministry of Science and Education of Russian Federation under Project 01201255504.

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Copyright © 2016 Mikhail Z. Iofa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The publication of this article was funded by SCOAP^{3}.