This notebook demonstrates a few capabilities of SageMath in computations regarding Kerr spacetime. The corresponding tools have been developed within the SageManifolds project (version 1.3, as included in SageMath 8.3).

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*NB:* a version of SageMath at least equal to 8.2 is required to run this notebook:

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```
version()
```

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First we set up the notebook to display mathematical objects using LaTeX rendering:

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```
%display latex
```

We also define a viewer for 3D plots (use `'threejs'`

or `'jmol'`

for interactive 3D graphics):

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```
viewer3D = 'threejs' # must be 'threejs', jmol', 'tachyon' or None (default)
```

Since some computations are quite heavy, we ask for running them in parallel on 8 threads:

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```
Parallelism().set(nproc=8)
```

We declare the Kerr spacetime (or more precisely the part of it covered by Boyer-Lindquist coordinates) as a 4-dimensional Lorentzian manifold $\mathcal{M}$:

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```
M = Manifold(4, 'M', latex_name=r'\mathcal{M}', structure='Lorentzian')
print(M)
```

We then introduce the standard **Boyer-Lindquist coordinates** as a chart `BL`

(for *Boyer-Lindquist*) on $\mathcal{M}$, via the method `chart()`

, the argument of which is a string
(delimited by `r"..."`

because of the backslash symbols) expressing the coordinates names, their ranges (the default is $(-\infty,+\infty)$) and their LaTeX symbols:

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```
BL.<t,r,th,ph> = M.chart(r"t r:(0,+oo) th:(0,pi):\theta ph:(0,2*pi):\phi")
print(BL); BL
```

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```
BL[0], BL[1]
```

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The 2 parameters $m$ and $a$ of the Kerr spacetime are declared as symbolic variables:

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```
var('m, a', domain='real')
```

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We get the (yet undefined) spacetime metric:

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```
g = M.metric()
```

The metric is set by its components in the coordinate frame associated with Boyer-Lindquist coordinates, which is the current manifold's default frame:

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```
rho2 = r^2 + (a*cos(th))^2
Delta = r^2 -2*m*r + a^2
g[0,0] = -(1-2*m*r/rho2)
g[0,3] = -2*a*m*r*sin(th)^2/rho2
g[1,1], g[2,2] = rho2/Delta, rho2
g[3,3] = (r^2+a^2+2*m*r*(a*sin(th))^2/rho2)*sin(th)^2
g.display()
```

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A matrix view of the components with respect to the manifold's default vector frame:

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```
g[:]
```

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The list of the non-vanishing components:

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```
g.display_comp()
```

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The Levi-Civita connection $\nabla$ associated with $g$:

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```
nabla = g.connection()
print(nabla)
```

Let us verify that the covariant derivative of $g$ with respect to $\nabla$ vanishes identically:

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```
nabla(g) == 0
```

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Another view of the above property:

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```
nabla(g).display()
```

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The nonzero Christoffel symbols (skipping those that can be deduced by symmetry of the last two indices):

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```
g.christoffel_symbols_display()
```

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The default vector frame on the spacetime manifold is the coordinate basis associated with Boyer-Lindquist coordinates:

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```
M.default_frame() is BL.frame()
```

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```
BL.frame()
```

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Let us consider the first vector field of this frame:

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```
xi = BL.frame()[0]; xi
```

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```
print(xi)
```

The 1-form associated to it by metric duality is

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```
xi_form = xi.down(g)
xi_form.display()
```

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Its covariant derivative is

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```
nab_xi = nabla(xi_form)
print(nab_xi)
nab_xi.display()
```

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Let us check that the Killing equation is satisfied:

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```
nab_xi.symmetrize() == 0
```

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Similarly, let us check that $\frac{\partial}{\partial\phi}$ is a Killing vector:

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```
chi = BL.frame()[3] ; chi
```

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```
nabla(chi.down(g)).symmetrize() == 0
```

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The Ricci tensor associated with $g$:

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```
Ric = g.ricci()
print(Ric)
```

Let us check that the Kerr metric is a solution of the vacuum Einstein equation:

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```
Ric == 0
```

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Another view of the above property:

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```
Ric.display()
```

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The Riemann curvature tensor associated with $g$:

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```
R = g.riemann()
print(R)
```

Contrary to the Ricci tensor, the Riemann tensor does not vanish; for instance, the component $R^0_{\ \, 123}$ is

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```
R[0,1,2,3]
```

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Let us check the Bianchi identity $\nabla_p R^i_{\ \, j kl} + \nabla_k R^i_{\ \, jlp} + \nabla_l R^i_{\ \, jpk} = 0$:

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```
DR = nabla(R) #long (takes a while)
print(DR)
```

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```
for i in M.irange():
for j in M.irange():
for k in M.irange():
for l in M.irange():
for p in M.irange():
print DR[i,j,k,l,p] + DR[i,j,l,p,k] + DR[i,j,p,k,l] ,
```

If the last sign in the Bianchi identity is changed to minus, the identity does no longer hold:

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```
DR[0,1,2,3,1] + DR[0,1,3,1,2] + DR[0,1,1,2,3] # should be zero (Bianchi identity)
```

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```
DR[0,1,2,3,1] + DR[0,1,3,1,2] - DR[0,1,1,2,3] # note the change of the second + to -
```

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The tensor $R^\flat$, of components $R_{abcd} = g_{am} R^m_{\ \, bcd}$:

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```
dR = R.down(g)
print(dR)
```

The tensor $R^\sharp$, of components $R^{abcd} = g^{bp} g^{cq} g^{dr} R^a_{\ \, pqr}$:

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```
uR = R.up(g)
print(uR)
```

The Kretschmann scalar $K := R^{abcd} R_{abcd}$:

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```
Kr_scalar = uR['^{abcd}']*dR['_{abcd}']
Kr_scalar.display()
```

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A variant of this expression can be obtained by invoking the factor() method on the coordinate function representing the scalar field in the manifold's default chart:

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```
Kr = Kr_scalar.coord_function()
Kr.factor()
```

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As a check, we can compare Kr to the formula given by R. Conn Henry, Astrophys. J. **535**, 350 (2000):

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```
Kr == 48*m^2*(r^6 - 15*r^4*(a*cos(th))^2 + 15*r^2*(a*cos(th))^4
- (a*cos(th))^6) / (r^2+(a*cos(th))^2)^6
```

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The Schwarzschild value of the Kretschmann scalar is recovered by setting $a=0$:

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```
Kr.expr().subs(a=0)
```

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Let us plot the Kretschmann scalar for $m=1$ andÂ $a=0.9$:

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```
K1 = Kr.expr().subs(m=1, a=0.9)
plot3d(K1, (r,1,3), (th, 0, pi), viewer=viewer3D, online=True,
axes_labels=['r', 'theta', 'Kr'])
```

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