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Role of shell crossing on the existence and stability of trapped matter shells in spherical inhomogeneous Lambda-CDM models

M. Le Delliou, F. C. Mena, J. P. Mimoso

We analyze the dynamics of trapped matter shells in spherically symmetric inhomogeneous Lambda-CDM models. The investigation uses a generalized Lemaître-Tolman-Bondi description with initial conditions subject to the constraints of having spatially asymptotic cosmological expansion, initial Hubble-type flow, and a regular initial density distribution. We discuss the effects of shell crossing and use a qualitative description of the local trapped matter shells to explore global properties of the models. Once shell crossing occurs, we find a splitting of the global shells separating expansion from collapse into, at most, two global shells: an inner and an outer limit trapped matter shell. In the case of expanding models, the outer limit trapped matter shell necessarily exists. We also study the role of shear in this process, compare our analysis with the Newtonian framework, and give concrete examples using density profile models of structure formation in cosmology.

Physical Review D
Volume 83, Issue 10, Page 103528_1
2011 May

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia