Stability for linearized gravity on the Kerr spacetime

Lars Andersson, Thomas Backdahl, Pieter Blue, Siyuan Ma

Research output: Working paper

Abstract / Description of output

In this paper we prove integrated energy and pointwise decay estimates for solutions of the vacuum linearized Einstein equation on the Kerr black hole exterior. The estimates are valid for the full, subextreme range of Kerr black holes, provided integrated energy estimates for the Teukolsky Master Equation holds. For slowly rotating Kerr backgrounds, such estimates are known to hold, due to the work of one of the authors arXiv:1708.07385. The results in this paper thus provide the first stability results for linearized gravity on the Kerr background, in the slowly rotating case, and reduce the linearized stability problem for the full subextreme range to proving integrated energy estimates for the Teukolsky equation. This constitutes an essential step towards a proof of the black hole stability conjecture, i.e. the statement that the Kerr family is dynamically stable, one of the central open problems in general relativity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages99
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Einstein field equations
  • Nonlinear analysis


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