Observation of incipient black holes and the information loss problem

Tanmay Vachaspati, Dejan Stojkovic, Lawrence M. Krauss

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We study the formation of black holes by spherical domain wall collapse as seen by an asymptotic observer, using the functional Schrödinger formalism. To explore what signals such observers will see, we study radiation of a scalar quantum field in the collapsing domain wall background. The total energy flux radiated diverges when backreaction of the radiation on the collapsing wall is ignored, and the domain wall is seen by the asymptotic observer to evaporate by nonthermal "pre-Hawking radiation" during the collapse process. Evaporation by pre-Hawking radiation implies that an asymptotic observer can never lose objects down a black hole. Together with the nonthermal nature of the radiation, this may resolve the black hole information loss problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024005
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 10 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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