Boundedness and Decay for the Teukolsky Equation on Kerr Spacetimes I: The Case | a| ≪ M

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We prove boundedness and polynomial decay statements for solutions of the spin ±2 Teukolsky equation on a Kerr exterior background with parameters satisfying | a| ≪ M. The bounds are obtained by introducing generalisations of the higher order quantities P and P̲ used in our previous work on the linear stability of Schwarzschild. The existence of these quantities in the Schwarzschild case is related to the transformation theory of Chandrasekhar. In a followup paper, we shall extend this result to the general sub-extremal range of parameters | a| < M. As in the Schwarzschild case, these bounds provide the first step in proving the full linear stability of the Kerr metric to gravitational perturbations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalAnnals of PDE
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Geometry and Topology
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Mathematical Physics


  • General relativity
  • Kerr black hole
  • Teukolsky equation


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