Princeton University Gravity Initiative Spring Seminar Series

Azimuthal Instabilities on Extremal Black Holes

Abstract: When Kerr black holes rotate at their maximally allowed angular velocity, they are said to be extremal. Extremal black holes are critical solutions to Einstein’s equations of general relativity. They exhibit several interesting phenomena that are not present in more slowly rotating black holes. I will introduce recent work on the existence of strong asymptotic instabilities of a non-axisymmetric nature for scalar waves propagating on extremal Kerr black hole backgrounds and I will discuss the connection with previously known axisymmetric instabilities as well as late-time power law tails in gravitational radiation. If time permits, I will discuss the mechanism for deriving these tails and compare it with previous work on sub-extremal black holes.

Date & Time

March 20, 2023 | 12:30pm – 1:30pm


Princeton University, Jadwin Hall, Princeton Gravity Initiative, 4th Floor & Zoom


Dejan Gajic

Speaker Affiliation

University of Leipzig