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Radiation Memory, Boosted Schwarzschild Spacetimes and Supertranslations


Winicour,  Jeffrey
AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Mädler, T., & Winicour, J. (2017). Radiation Memory, Boosted Schwarzschild Spacetimes and Supertranslations. Classical and quantum gravity, 34: 115009. doi:10.1088/1361-6382/aa6ca8.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-AC8D-2
We investigate gravitational radiation memory and its corresponding effect on the asymptotic symmetries of a body whose exterior is a boosted Schwarzschild spacetime. First, in the context of linearized theory, we consider such a Schwarzschild body which is initially at rest, then goes through a radiative stage and finally emerges as a boosted Schwarzschild body. We show that the proper retarded solution of the exterior Schwarzschild spacetime for this process can be described in terms of the ingoing Kerr-Schild form of the Schwarzschild metric for both the initial and final states. An outgoing Kerr-Schild or time symmetric metric does not give the proper solution. The special property of Kerr-Schild metrics that their linearized and nonlinear forms are identical allows us to extend this result to processes in the nonlinear regime. We then discuss how the nonlinear memory effect, and its associated supertranslation, affect angular momentum conservation. Our approach provides a new framework for studying nonlinear aspects of the memory effect.