Wave Equations for the Perturbations of a Charged Black Hole


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Abstract

A pair of simple wave equations is presented for the symmetric gravitational and electromagnetic perturbations of a charged black hole. One of the equations is uncoupled, and the other has a source term given by the solution of the first equation. The derivation is presented in full detail for either axially symmetric or stationary perturbations, and is quite straightforward. This result is expected to have important applications in astrophysical models.

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