Note on the effect of a massive accretion disk in the measurements of black hole spins

Cosimo Bambi, Daniele Malafarina, Naoki Tsukamoto

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The spin measurement of black holes has important implications in physics and astrophysics. Regardless of the specific technique to estimate the black hole spin, all the current approaches assume that the spacetime geometry around the compact object is exactly described by the Kerr solution. This is clearly an approximation, because the Kerr metric is a stationary solution of the vacuum Einstein equations. In this paper, we estimate the effect of a massive accretion disk in the measurement of the black hole spin with a simple analytical model. For typical accretion disks, the mass of the disk is completely negligible, even for future more accurate measurements. However, for systems with very massive disks the effect may not be ignored.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127302
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 25 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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