Rigid rotation in GR and a generalization of the virial theorem for gravitomagnetism

Davide Astesiano*

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In this work we study the properties of rigidly rotating neutral dust solutions in general relativity. This class of solutions gained relevance recently due to applications to the dynamics of spiral galaxies. We show that this class could be interpreted as a “rigid body” in general relativity and we analyze the different properties respect to the rigidly rotating disk in special relativity: for example, the general relativistic counterpart shows no Doppler effect for a light signal emitted and received from any two points at rest respect to the “rigid body”. This effect can be important to test the validity of the assumed model for our galaxy. In the second part we approach the problem from a low energy expansion perspective and we write down a generalization of the virial theorem for stationary spacetimes. The non-Newtonian contributions can lead to a re-weighting of dark matter in galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number63
JournalGeneral Relativity and Gravitation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I would like to thank Professor Matteo Luca Ruggiero for reviewing this manuscript.

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© 2022, The Author(s).

Other keywords

  • Exact solutions in General Relativity
  • General relativistic models for galaxies


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