Quasinormal Modes from Penrose Limits

02/16/2023 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
CMSA Room G10
Address: CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

General Relativity Seminar

Speaker: Kwinten Fransen (UC Santa Barbara)

Title: Quasinormal Modes from Penrose Limits

Abstract: In this talk, I will explain how to describe quasinormal modes with large real frequencies using Penrose limits. To do so, I first recall relevant aspects of the Penrose limit, and its resulting plane wave spacetimes, as well as quasinormal modes to subsequently tie these together. Having established the main principle, I will illustrate the usefulness of this point of view with the geometric realization of the emergent symmetry algebra underlying the quasinormal modes in the large real frequency limit and present its application to the astrophysically important example of Kerr black holes. Based on arXiv:2301.06999.