Motivated by gravitational wave observations of binary black hole mergers, we present a procedure to compute the leading-order nonlinear gravitational wave interactions around a Kerr black hole. We describe the formalism used to derive the equations for second-order perturbations. We develop a procedure that allows us to reconstruct the first-order metric perturbation solely from knowledge of the solution to the first-order Teukolsky equation, without the need of Hertz potentials. Finally, we illustrate this metric reconstruction procedure in the asymptotic limit for the first-order quasinormal modes of Kerr. In a companion paper [J. L. Ripley et al., Phys. Rev. D 103, 104018 (2021)PRVDAQ2470-001010.1103/PhysRevD.103.104018] we present a numerical implementation of these ideas.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)