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Title

Exponential fading to white of black holes in quantum gravity

AuthorsBarceló, Carlos ; Carballo Rubio, Raúl ; Garay, Luis Javier
Issue Date19-Apr-2017
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
CitationClassical and Quantum Gravity 34: 105007(2017)
AbstractQuantization of the gravitational field may allow the existence of a decay channel of black holes into white holes with an explicit time-reversal symmetry. The definition of a meaningful decay probability for this channel is studied in spherically symmetric situations. As a first nontrivial calculation, we present the functional integration over a set of geometries using a single-variable function to interpolate between black-hole and white-hole geometries in a bounded region of spacetime. This computation gives a finite result which depends only on the Schwarzschild mass and a parameter measuring the width of the interpolating region. The associated probability distribution displays an exponential decay law on the latter parameter, with a mean lifetime inversely proportional to the Schwarzschild mass. In physical terms this would imply that matter collapsing to a black hole from a finite radius bounces back elastically and instantaneously, with negligible time delay as measured by external observers. These results invite to reconsider the ultimate nature of astrophysical black holes, providing a possible mechanism for the formation of black stars instead of proper general relativistic black holes. The existence of both this decay channel and black stars can be tested in future observations of gravitational waves.
Description15 pags., app.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6382/aa6962
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/160979
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6382/aa6962
Identifiersdoi: 10.1088/1361-6382/aa6962
issn: 1361-6382
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