General Relativity Seminar
Speaker: Sergei Dubovsky (New York University)
Title: Love Symmetry of Black Holes
Abstract: Perturbations of massless fields in the Kerr-Newman black hole background enjoy a (“Love”) SL(2,ℝ) symmetry in the suitably defined near zone approximation. We show how the intricate behavior of black hole responses in four and higher dimensions can be understood from the SL(2,ℝ) representation theory. In particular, static perturbations of four-dimensional black holes belong to highest weight SL(2,ℝ) representations. It is this highest-weight property that forces the static Love numbers to vanish. We show that the Love symmetry is tightly connected to the enhanced isometries of extremal black holes. The Love symmetry also exhibits a peculiar UV/IR mixing.