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Testing the rotational nature of the supermassive object M87*from the circularity and size of its first image
Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Fysikum. Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Oskar Klein-centrum för kosmopartikelfysik (OKC). Stockholms universitet, Nordiska institutet för teoretisk fysik (Nordita). University of Michigan, USA.
Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Fysikum. Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Oskar Klein-centrum för kosmopartikelfysik (OKC). Stockholms universitet, Nordiska institutet för teoretisk fysik (Nordita). University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-7614-6677
Rekke forfattare: 42019 (engelsk)Inngår i: Physical Review D: covering particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, ISSN 2470-0010, E-ISSN 2470-0029, Vol. 100, nr 4, artikkel-id 044057Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has recently released the first image of a black hole (BH), opening a new window onto tests of general relativity in the strong field regime. In this paper, we derive constraints on the nature of M87* (the supermassive object at the center of the galaxy M87), exploiting the fact that its shadow appears to be highly circular, and using measurements of its angular size. We first consider the simple case where M87* is assumed to be a Kerr BH. We find that the inferred circularity of M87* excludes Kerr BHs with observation angle theta(obs) greater than or similar to 45 degrees for dimensionless rotational parameter 0.95 less than or similar to a(*) <= 1 whereas the observation angle is unbounded for a(*) less than or similar to 0.9. We then consider the possibility that M87* might be a superspinar, i.e., an object described by the Kerr solution and spinning so fast that it violates the Kerr bound by having vertical bar a(*)vertical bar > 1. We find that, within certain regions of parameter space, the inferred circularity and size of the shadow of M87* do not exclude the possibility that this object might be a superspinar.

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2019. Vol. 100, nr 4, artikkel-id 044057
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-173102DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.100.044057ISI: 000483047300008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-173102DiVA, id: diva2:1358375
Tilgjengelig fra: 2019-10-07 Laget: 2019-10-07 Sist oppdatert: 2019-10-07bibliografisk kontrollert

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