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### Do black holes have a moment of inertia?

My question is in the title: Do black holes have a moment of inertia? I would say that it is: $$I ~\propto~ M R_S^2,$$ where $R_S$ is the Schwarzschild radius, but I cannot find anything in the ...
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### Escape velocity from a rotating black hole

Under Newton, the escape velocity is $$v_{esc} = \rm c \ \sqrt{r_s/r}$$ where $\rm r_s=2 \ GM/c^2$. In the nonrotating relativistic case (the Schwarzschild case) the radial escape velocity is the ...
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### Kerr Metric in Orthogonal form

I've seen the Kerr metric usually presented in the Boyer-Lindquist coordinates where there is a cross term in the $d\phi$ and $dt$ term. I've done a good bit of searching and cannot find any ...
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### Multipolar expansion profile of Hawking radiation on Kerr black holes

I would be very curious if Kerr black holes emit Hawking radiation at the same temperature in the equatorial bulges and in their polar regions. I've been looking some reference for this for a couple ...
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### ergosphere treadmills

suppose you place a number of rotating black holes in linear sequence (rotating around the same axis) between two stars at distance $d$ (assume as tightly packed as practical for purposes of ...
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### Binary black hole merger viewed from inside the event horizon

How did the metric evolve inside the event horizons of the black holes whose merger caused the GW150914 signal? In principle the Schwarzchild metric of a non-rotating black hole is known inside the ...
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### Gravitational lensing redshift around a Kerr black hole

Light from a source passes by a Kerr black hole on two sides at the equator and converges at the observer. The axis of rotation of the black hole is perpendicular to the direction of light. Two rays ...
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### Metric diameter of a ring singularity

In the Kerr metric the ring singularity is located at the coordinate radius $r=0$, which corresponds to a ring with the cartesian radius $R=a$. So the center of the ring singularity in cartesian ...
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### Derivation of Kerr metric, is there any reference?

In studying general relativity, many text deals with the derivation of Schwarzschild metric starting from generic metric form. After that impose static, spherical symmetry and obtain the desired ...
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### Closed timelike curves in the region beyond the ring singularity in the maximal Kerr spacetime

The region beyond the ring singularity in the maximal Kerr spacetime is described as having closed timeline curves. Why and/or how is the question. Now if you look a Kruskal-Szkeres Diagram (or a ...
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### Killing tensor in the Kerr metric

It was famously shown by Carter that the Kerr metric possesses a 4th non-obvious constant of the motion, derived from the separability of the Hamiltonian. This constant is related to a Killing tensor. ...
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### Closed timelike curves in the Kerr metric

I just read in Landau-Lifshitz that the Kerr metric admits closed timelike curves in the region $r \in (0, r_{hor})$ where $r_{hor}$ is the event-horizon ( I am talking about the case $|M|>|a|$ (...
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### Boundary conditions for fields in Kerr/CFT

I am reading a paper by Guica et al. on Kerr/CFT correspondence (arXiv:0809.4266) and I'm not sure if I got this. They choose the boundary conditions, like a deviation of the full metric from the ...
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### Gravitational mass defect

In nuclear physics we have a mass defect by the binding energy of the nuclides. A similar effect appears in the theory of gravitation induced by the gravitational binding energy, which reduces the ...
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### Is it expected that all stellar black holes will be spinning near the maximum allowed $\omega$-velocity?

Using a bit of classical reasoning I'm imagining black hole formation to be much like an ice skater pulling in her arms: Now, the size difference between a star and its black hole can't even be ...
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### Kerr solution for finite collapse time

The Kerr black hole solutions gives an analytic continuation that is asymptotically flat. Some people have argued that this is another universe, but others state that the analytic continuation ...
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### Charged versus rotating black holes as different kinds of wormholes

I've heard that a maximally extended charged black hole can be a traversable wormhole to the same universe whereas a maximally extended uncharged rotating black hole can only be a wormhole to ...
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### Periodicity trick for Kerr Black Holes

I am slightly confused concerning the euclidean section of a Kerr black hole. In page 5 of the following paper https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9908022 it is said that in order to get the euclidean ...
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### Ring singularity of Kerr metric

I have been reading about the Kerr metric using various sources (Wald's textbook, Visser's The Kerr spacetime: A brief introduction etc.). I could not understand exactly why the singularity structure ...
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### Local frame of reference

I am currently simulating particle trajectories in Kerr spacetime numerically with $M=1$ and $a=1$. In the picture above, I am calculating the geodesic in Boyer-Lindquist coordinates. I was messing ...
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### Why can't a particle rotate opposite to the central mass within the ergosphere?

Wiki says about the Kerr metric: A moving particle experiences a positive proper time along its worldline, its path through spacetime. However, this is impossible within the ergosphere, where \$g_{...
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### The physical meaning of the cross-term of Kerr metric

I have been experimenting with different types of metric tensors in General Relativity. I decided to try my hand with the Kerr Metric. When I did, I found an odd term in it: namely, a cross product of ...