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Perturbations of a rotating black hole


Teukolsky, Saul A. (1974) Perturbations of a rotating black hole. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


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
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Thorne, Kip S.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:19 July 1973
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-08022006-094950
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ID Code:2997
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Deposited On:02 Aug 2006
Last Modified:18 Aug 2017 21:54

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