Ringdowns for black holes with scalar hair: the large mass case


Deviations from General Relativity can be probed with black hole spectroscopy, as the quasi-normal mode (QNM) frequency spectrum of a black hole with additional ‘hair’ is expected to differ from that of a Kerr black hole. We construct an effective field theory scheme for QNMs to capture deviations from Kerr for black holes in theories with a coupling between a shift-symmetric scalar and the Gauss-Bonnet invariant. I will explain how our analysis, which is particularly suited for black holes in the LISA range, places limits on the prospects of detecting evidence of scalar hair in ringdown signals.