, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 1077-1107

The Problem of a Self-Gravitating Scalar Field with Positive Cosmological Constant

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We study the Einstein-scalar field system with positive cosmological constant and spherically symmetric characteristic initial data given on a truncated null cone. We prove well-posedness, global existence and exponential decay in (Bondi) time, for small data. From this, it follows that initial data close enough to de Sitter data evolves to a causally geodesically complete spacetime (with boundary), which approaches a region of de Sitter asymptotically at an exponential rate; this is a non-linear stability result for de Sitter within the class under consideration, as well as a realization of the cosmic no-hair conjecture.

Communicated by Piotr T. Chrusciel.