Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Volume 8 (2004)
The Trautman-Bondi mass of hyperboloidal initial data sets
Pages: 83 – 139
We give a definition of mass for conformally compactifiable initial data sets. The asymptotic conditions are compatible with existence of gravitational radiation, and the compactifications are allowed to be polyhomogeneous. We show that the resulting mass is a geometric invariant, and we prove positivity thereof in the case of a spherical conformal infinity. When R(g) -- or, equivalently, trgK -- tends to a negative constant to order one at infinity, the definition is expressed purely in terms of three-dimensional or two-dimensional objects.