A New Approximation of Photon Geodesics in Schwarzschild Spacetime
Abstract
In this research note we introduce a new approximation of photon geodesics in Schwarzschild spacetime which is especially useful to describe highly bent trajectories, for which the angle between the initial emission position and the line of sight to the observer approaches $\pi$: this corresponds to the points behind the central mass of the Schwarzschild metric with respect to the observer. The approximation maintains very good accuracy overall, with deviations from the exact numerical results below $1\%$ up to the innermost stable circular orbit (ISCO) located at $6~GM/c^2$.
 Publication:

Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society
 Pub Date:
 July 2019
 DOI:
 10.3847/25155172/ab3227
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1907.11786
 Bibcode:
 2019RNAAS...3...99L
 Keywords:

 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 3 pages, 1 figure, 3 subfigures