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19. Sebastian J. Szybka
On light propagation in Swiss-Cheese cosmologies
Phys. Rev. D: Part. Fields , vol. 84, p. 044011 (2011).
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We study the effect of inhomogeneities on light propagation. The Sachs equations are solved numerically in the Swiss-Cheese models with inhomogeneities modelled by the Lemaitre-Tolman solutions. Our results imply that, within the models we study, inhomogeneities may partially mimic the accelerated expansion of the Universe, but the effect is small.

20. Sebastian J. Szybka
Stable causality of Black Saturns
Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2011, pp. 1-8 (2011).
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We prove that the Black Saturns are stably causal on the closure of the domain of outer communications.

21. Piotr T. Chru∂ciel, Micha≥ Eckstein, Sebastian J. Szybka
On smoothness of Black Saturns
Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2010, pp. 1-39 (2010).
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We prove smoothness of the domain of outer communications (d.o.c.) of the Black Saturn solutions of Elvang and Figueras. We show that the metric on the d.o.c. extends smoothly across two disjoint event horizons with topology R x S^3 and R x S^1 x S^2. We establish stable causality of the d.o.c. when the Komar angular momentum of the spherical component of the horizon vanishes, and present numerical evidence for stable causality in general.

22. Piotr T. Chru∂ciel, Sebastian J. Szybka
On the Ernst electro-vacuum equations and ergosurfaces
Acta Phys. Pol., B , vol. 39, pp. 59-75 (2008).
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The question of smoothness at the ergosurface of the space-time metric constructed out of solutions (E,phi) of the Ernst electro-vacuum equations is considered. We prove smoothness of those ergosurfaces at which Re(E) provides the dominant contribution to f=-(Re(E)+|phi|^2) at the zero-level-set of f. Some partial results are obtained in the remaining cases: in particular we give examples of leading-order solutions with singular isolated ``ergocircles".

23. Sebastian J. Szybka, Tadeusz Chmaj
Fractal Threshold Behavior in Vacuum Gravitational Collapse
Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 100, p. 101102 (2008).
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We present the numerical evidence for fractal threshold behavior in the five dimensional vacuum Einstein equations satisfying the cohomogeneity-two triaxial Bianchi type-IX ansatz. In other words, we show that a flip of the wings of a butterfly may influence the process of the black hole formation.

24. P. T. Chrusciel, G. M. Greuel, R. Meinel, S. J. Szybka
The Ernst equation and ergosurfaces
Class. Quantum Grav., vol. 23, pp. 4399-4414 (2006).
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We show that analytic solutions $\mcE$ of the Ernst equation with non-empty zero-level-set of $\Re \mcE$ lead to smooth ergosurfaces in space-time. In fact, the space-time metric is smooth near a "Ernst ergosurface" $E_f$ if and only if $\mcE$ is smooth near $E_f$ and does not have zeros of infinite order there.

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