Research Theme: GravitationalWave Memory and Relativistic Angular Momentum
This post describes three papers related to defining a locally measured angular momentum, comparing this angular momentum measured by different observers, and understanding the relation of the observer dependence of these measurements to the gravitationalwave memory effect.
Papers Highlighted

E. E. Flanagan, D. A. Nichols, L. C. Stein, and J. Vines. “Prescriptions for measuring and transporting local angular momenta in general relativity.” Phys. Rev. D 93, 104007 (2016), arxiv:1602.01847.

J. Vines and D. A. Nichols. “Properties of an affine transport equation and its holonomy.” Gen. Relativ. Gravit. 48(10), 1 (2016), arXiv:1412.4077.

E. E. Flanagan and D. A. Nichols. “Observer dependence of angular momentum in general relativity and its relationship to the gravitationalwave memory effect.” Phys. Rev. D 92, 084057 (2015), arXiv:1411.4599.
Summary of the Papers
Bondi, Metzner, and Sachs (BMS) discovered that asymptotically flat spacetimes have an infinitedimensional symmetry group, now called the BMS group, instead of the tendimensional symmetry group of flat spacetimes, the Poincare group. The additional symmetries not present in Minkowski spacetime are the socalled supertranslations, which are a type of angledependent translation around an isolated source. One important consequence is that in asymptotically flat spacetimes, there is not, in general, a preferred Poincare group with which one can define a specialrelativistic angular momentum (except when the spacetime is stationary). Thus, observers who feign ignorance of the BMS group will notice that if they try to measure a type of specialrelativistic angular momentum locally and compare their values with other observers, then their results will disagree. Thus, they would conclude that their notion of a specialrelativistic angular momentum is observer dependent. But what would cause this observer dependence?
To investigate this question, we first defined a local procedure by which observers can measure specialrelativistic angular momentum in stationary spacetimes. The algorithm uses just local measurements of the spacetime curvature and its gradients, and it gives the expected result in stationary spacetimes when measured by observers at large distances from the source. We then developed a method by which they can compare this angular momentum between different observers that takes into account the usual origin dependence of angular momentum in flat Minkowski space. The process of two observers comparing angular momentum at two different stationary points in a spacetime we could represent mathematically as a holonomy operation. By performing calculations involving a shortduration burst of gravitational waves passing by these observers, we determined that the changes in angular momentum of the spacetime would differ for the two observers. Moreover, we showed that in such a situation, the observer dependence is related to changes in the relative displacement of the observers that arise from the gravitationalwave memory effect.