PGI Seminar Series Spring 2024 |Claude Warnick| Cambridge University| "(In)stability of quasinormal frequencies of black holes"

Mar 25, 2024, 12:30 pm1:30 pm


Event Description

A perturbed black hole rings down by producing radiation at certain fixed (complex) frequencies - the quasinormal frequencies. These frequencies can be identified with the spectrum of a non-self adjoint operator derived from the evolution equation of the particular field of interest. Thanks to accurate measurements of gravitational waves, the quasinormal spectrum of a black hole is increasingly an observable quantity. A natural question is whether the quasinormal spectrum is stable to small perturbations of the underlying black hole spacetime. I will explain how this question is closely connected to the non-standard nature of the underlying spectral problem, and present explicit results that shed light on the problem.