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Tevian Dray's Dissertation

Dissertation,
Figures

Tevian Dray received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of
California at Berkeley in 1981. His dissertation, entitled
**The Asymptotic Structure of a Family of Einstein-Maxwell Solutions**,
analyzed the structure of a family of spacetimes, some of which describe
accelerating black holes, and showed that they contain gravitational radiation,
thus demonstrating the existence of exact radiating solutions to the Einstein
field equations. His dissertation advisor was
Rainer K. Sachs,
although much of this work was done in collaboration with
Abhay Ashtekar. The
dissertation committee consisted of Professors Sachs,
Jerrold E. Marsden, and
Joseph Silk.

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The original dissertation was written in
troff,
printed on a graphic plotting device, then photocopied. Although no
electronic copy was kept, a printout of the source code survived. (Ten years
later, Berkeley was asked if they had kept a backup tape. They laughed.)
With the generous assistance of
Mark Irons,
the dissertation was retyped from this source code in 2007, slightly edited
(correcting major errors only), translated into
groff,
then converted to PDF. The original hand-drawn figures were scanned, then
converted to PNG, and are available separately above.
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