STU black holes and SgrA Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd and Sissa Medialab. The equations of null geodesics in the STU family of rotating black hole solutions of supergravity theory, which may be considered as deformations of the vacuum Kerr metric, are completely integrable. We propose that they be used as a foil to test, for example, with what precision the gravitational field external to the black hole at the centre of our galaxy is given by the Kerr metric. By contrast with some metrics proposed in the literature, the STU metrics satisfy by construction the dominant and strong energy conditions. Our considerations may be extended to include the effects of a cosmological term. We show that these metrics permit a straightforward calculation of the properties of black hole shadows.

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altmetric score

  • 8.08

author list (cited authors)

  • Cvetic, M., Gibbons, G. W., & Pope, C. N.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • August 2017