Quasinormal modes of slowly-rotating black holes in dynamical Chern-Simons gravity

Pratik Wagle, Nicolás Yunes, Hector O. Silva

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The detection of gravitational waves from compact binary mergers by the LIGO/Virgo Collaboration has, for the first time, allowed us to test relativistic gravity in its strong, dynamical, and nonlinear regime, thus opening a new arena to confront general relativity (and modifications thereof) against observations. We consider a theory which modifies general relativity by introducing a scalar field coupled to a parity-violating curvature term known as dynamical Chern-Simons gravity. In this theory, spinning black holes are different from their general relativistic counterparts and can thus serve as probes to this theory. We study linear gravito-scalar perturbations of black holes in dynamical Chern-Simons gravity at leading order in spin and (i) obtain the perturbed field equations describing the evolution of the perturbed gravitational and scalar fields, (ii) numerically solve these equations by direct integration to calculate the quasinormal mode frequencies for the dominant and higher multipoles and tabulate them, (iii) find strong evidence that these rotating black holes are linearly stable, and (iv) present general fitting functions for different multipoles for gravitational and scalar quasinormal mode frequencies in terms of spin and Chern-Simons coupling parameter. Our results can be used to validate the ringdown of small-spin remnants of numerical relativity simulations of black hole binaries in dynamical Chern-Simons gravity and pave the way towards future tests of this theory with gravitational wave ringdown observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number124003
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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