Massless fields and gravitomagnetism in the Kerr-Taub-NUT spacetime
A single master equation is given describing spin s <~ 2 test fields that are gauge- and tetrad-invariant perturbations of the Kerr-Taub-NUT (Newman-Unti-Tamburino) spacetime representing a source with a mass M, gravitomagnetic monopole moment -l, and gravitomagnetic dipole moment (angular momentum) per unit mass a. This equation can be separated into its radial and angular parts. The behavior of the radial functions at infinity and near the horizon is studied and used to examine the influence of l on the phenomenon of superradiance, while the angular equation leads to spin-weighted spheroidal harmonic solutions generalizing those of the Kerr spacetime. Finally, the coupling between the spin of the perturbing field and the gravitomagnetic monopole moment is discussed.