[1004.1600] Misconceptions About General Relativity in Theoretical Black Hole Astrophysics

Authors: David Garofalo, David L. Meier

Date: 9 Apr 2010

Abstract: The fundamental role played by black holes in our study of microquasars, gamma ray bursts, and the outflows from active galactic nuclei requires an appreciation for, and at times some in-depth analysis of, curved spacetime. We highlight misconceptions surrounding the notion of coordinate transformation in general relativity as applied to metrics for rotating black holes that are beginning to increasingly appear in the literature. We emphasize that there is no coordinate transformation that can turn the metric of a rotating spacetime into that for a Schwarzschild spacetime, or more generally, that no coordinate transformation exists that can diagonalize the metric for a rotating spacetime. We caution against the notion of "local" coordinate transformation, which is often incorrectly associated with a global analysis of the spacetime.

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Apr 14, 2010

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