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Homework Help: Ring -singularity (Determinant of the Kerr metric)

  1. Feb 18, 2009 #1
    "Ring"-singularity (Determinant of the Kerr metric)

    My problem is as follows:
    "Calculate the determinant of the Kerr metric. Locate the plac where it is infinite. (In fact, this gives the "ring"-singularity och the Kerr black hole, which is the only one)

    I got the determinant to :


    all devided by r2 + a2 - 2Mr

    a=angular momentum/M
    r= radius (of the "ring")

    and I talked to my prefessor and he told me that the answer should be the equation of a ring (x2+y2 = constant) in spherical coordinates, I have all this in Boyer-Lindquist coordinates I believe, and according to wikipedia

    {x} = \sqrt {r^2 + a^2} \sin\theta\cos\phi
    {y} = \sqrt {r^2 + a^2} \sin\theta\sin\phi
    {z} = r \cos\theta

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyer-L...st_coordinates [Broken])

    I don't get it to be an eq of a ring (or circle) .. please help =)
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