How To Spot a Rotating Black Hole - Technology Review: Black holes do strange things to the fabric of space time, particularly if they are rotating. One well known effect is that a rotating black hole drags this fabric with it, intermixing space and time in nearby regions.
Today, Fabrizio Tamburini at the University of Padova in Italy and a few pals say this ought to have a significant effect on light that gets caught up in this process and is then emitted from the disc of accreting matter around a rotating black hole. They say the rotation ought to distort the wave front and phase of this light, while imparting orbital angular momentum to the beam.
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