Teukolsky, Saul A. (1974) Perturbations of a rotating black hole. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-08022006-094950
Decoupled, separable equations describing perturbations of a Kerr black hole are derived. These equations can be used to study black-hole processes involving scalar, electromagnetic, neutrino or gravitational fields. A number of astrophysical applications are made: Misner's idea that gravitational synchrotron radiation might explain Weber's observations is shown to be untenable; rotating black holes are shown to be stable against small perturbations; energy amplification by "superradiant scattering" of waves off a rotating black hole is computed; the "spin down" (loss of angular momentum) of a rotating black hole caused by a stationary non-axisymmetric perturbation is calculated.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||19 July 1973|
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|Deposited On:||02 Aug 2006|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 02:56|
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