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Towards a wave-extraction method for numerical relativity. I. Foundations and initial-value formulation

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The Teukolsky formalism of black hole perturbation theory describes weak gravitational radiation generated by a mildly dynamical hole near equilibrium. A particular null tetrad of the background Kerr geometry, due to Kinnersley, plays a singularly important role within this formalism. In order to apply the rich physical intuition of Teukolsky’s approach to the results of fully nonlinear numerical simulations, one must approximate this Kinnersley tetrad using raw numerical data, with no a priori knowledge of a background. This paper addresses this issue by identifying the directions of the tetrad fields in a quasi-Kinnersley frame. This frame provides a unique, analytic extension of Kinnersley’s definition for the Kerr geometry to a much broader class of space-times including not only arbitrary perturbations, but also many examples which differ nonperturbatively from Kerr. This paper establishes concrete limits delineating this class and outlines a scheme to calculate the quasi-Kinnersley frame in numerical codes based on the initial-value formulation of geometrodynamics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)024013
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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