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Boyer-linquist Coordinates

  1. Jun 1, 2005 #1
    I was wondering if someone could kindly explain to me everything they can about Boyer-linquist coordinates. I was looking at them and I think I saw something, but I'm not sure. So, someone please tell me everything about them.

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  3. Jun 1, 2005 #2


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    That's a rather vague question. Why do you Kerr about them?
  4. Jun 1, 2005 #3


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    My, you are a low-down, punning KERR, I think I'll run over you with my KERR.

    And no, I don't know how he pronounced it either.
  5. Jun 1, 2005 #4


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    Some possibly useful references:

    Boyer, R. H. and Lindquist, R. W. "Maximal Analytic Extension of the Kerr Metric." J. Math. Phys. 8, 265-281, 1967.
    http://link.aip.org/link/?jmp/8/265 [Broken]

    http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/RelWWW/history.html [Broken]
    http://monopole.ph.qmul.ac.uk/~bill/stg/stg_chapter_9.doc [Broken]

    http://www.astro.ku.dk/~cramer/RelViz/text/geom_web/node4.html [Broken]

    http://odarragh.astro.utoronto.ca/GR-II_presentations/Grunhut_GRII.pdf [Broken]
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  6. Jun 3, 2005 #5
    You guys do realize that Schwarzchild's solution also utilized the boyer-lindquist coordinates, right?
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    Boyer-Lindquist coordinates (r,theta,phi,t) are a generalization of Schwarzschild coordinates (r,theta,phi,t) just as the Kerr solution is a generalization of the Schwarzschild solution.

    See for instance
    http://www.math.ucla.edu/~bon/kerr/intro2.html [Broken]

    There are some auxillary variables used in the expression for the BL metric
    [tex]\Delta[/tex], [tex]\rho[/tex], however these variables do not appear as differentials in the metric (dr^2, etc.) in the descriptions I've seen (those above plus MTW's Gravitation) so these variables wouldn't qualify as coordinates in my opinion.

    I really don't know what information you are looking for, your questions have been a bit vague so far.
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