Quasi-spherical light cones are lightlike hypersurfaces of the Kerr geometry that are asymptotic to Minkowski light cones at infinity. We derive the equations of these surfaces and examine their properties In particular, we show that they are free of caustics for all positive values of the Kerr radial coordinate r. Useful applications include the propagation of high-frequency waves, the definition of Kruskal-like coordinates for a spinning black hole and the characteristic initial-value problem.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Classical and Quantum Gravity|
|State||Published - Aug 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)