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Perturbations of a Rotating Black Hole


Teukolsky, Saul Arno (1974) Perturbations of a Rotating Black Hole. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/N3AW-PV92.


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.))
Subject Keywords:Physics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Awards:Einstein Prize (APS), 2021. Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, 2003. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996.
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Thorne, Kip S.
Group:TAPIR, Astronomy Department
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:19 July 1973
Additional Information:Einstein Prize citation: "For outstanding contributions to observational tests of general relativity with theories of gravitational waves, astrophysical black holes, and neutron stars."
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United States Steel FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-08022006-094950
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Deposited On:02 Aug 2006
Last Modified:09 Oct 2020 22:24

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