Relativistic stars in differential rotation: bounds on the dragging rate and on the rotational energy

Pareja, M. J.
February 2004
Journal of Mathematical Physics;Feb2004, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p677
Academic Journal
For general relativistic equilibrium stellar models (stationary axisymmetric asymptotically flat and convection-free) with differential rotation, it is shown that for a wide class of rotation laws the distribution of angular velocity of the fluid has a sign, say “positive,” and then both the dragging rate and the angular momentum density are positive. In addition, the “mean value” (with respect to an intrinsic density) of the dragging rate is shown to be less than the mean value of the fluid angular velocity (in full general, without having to restrict the rotation law, nor the uniformity in sign of the fluid angular velocity); this inequality yields the positivity and an upper bound of the total rotational energy. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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