The Teukolsky master equations are a family of PDEs describing the linear behavior of perturbations of the Kerr black hole family, of which the wave equation is a particular case. As a first essential step towards stability, Whiting showed in 1989 that the Teukolsky equation on subextremal Kerr admits no exponentially growing modes.
In this talk, we review Whiting’s classical proof and a recent adaptation thereof to the extremal Kerr case. We also present a new approach to mode stability, based on uncovering hidden spectral symmetries in the Teukolsky equations. Part of this talk is based on joint work with Marc Casals (CBPF/UCD).