TOPICAL REVIEW: Quasinormal modes of black holes and black branes

  title={TOPICAL REVIEW: Quasinormal modes of black holes and black branes},
  author={Emanuele Berti and Vitor Cardoso and Andrei O. Starinets},
  journal={Classical and Quantum Gravity},
Quasinormal modes are eigenmodes of dissipative systems. Perturbations of classical gravitational backgrounds involving black holes or branes naturally lead to quasinormal modes. The analysis and classification of the quasinormal spectra require solving non-Hermitian eigenvalue problems for the associated linear differential equations. Within the recently developed gauge-gravity duality, these modes serve as an important tool for determining the near-equilibrium properties of strongly coupled… 
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