Connection Between the Shadow Radius and Quasinormal Modes in Rotating Spacetimes

Research paper by Kimet Jusufi

Indexed on: 10 Apr '20Published on: 08 Apr '20Published in: arXiv - General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology


Based on the geometric-optics correspondence between the parameters of a quasinormal mode and the conserved quantities along geodesics, we propose an equation to calculate the typical shadow radius for asymptotically flat and rotating black holes when viewed from the equatorial plane given by \begin{equation}\notag \bar{R}_s=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\left(\sqrt{\frac{ r_0^{+}}{f'(r)|_{r_0^{+}}}}+\sqrt{\frac{ r_0^{-}}{f'(r)|_{r_0^{-}}}}\right), \end{equation} with $r_0^{\pm}$ being the radius of circular null geodesics for the corresponding mode. Furthermore we have explicitly related the shadow radius to the real part of QNMs in the eikonal regime corresponding to the prograde and retrograde mode, respectively. As a particular example, we have computed the typical black hole shadow radius for some well known black hole solutions including the Kerr black hole, Kerr-Newman black hole and higher dimensional black hole solutions described by the Myers-Perry black hole.