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Self-force as a cosmic censor

Zimmerman, Peter and Vega, Ian and Poisson, Eric and Haas, Roland (2013) Self-force as a cosmic censor. Physical Review D, 87 (4). Art. No. 041501. ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20130307-162251800

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Abstract

We examine Hubeny’s scenario according to which a near-extremal Reissner-Nordström black hole can absorb a charged particle and be driven toward an over-extremal state in which the charge exceeds the mass, signaling the destruction of the black hole. Our analysis incorporates the particle’s electromagnetic self-force and the energy radiated to infinity in the form of electromagnetic waves. With these essential ingredients, our sampling of the parameter space reveals no instances of an overcharged final state, and we conjecture that the self-force acts as a cosmic censor, preventing the destruction of a near-extremal black hole by the absorption of a charged particle. We argue, on the basis of the third law of black hole mechanics, that this conclusion is robust and should apply to attempts to overspin a Kerr black hole.


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Additional Information:© 2013 American Physical Society. Received 16 November 2012; published 8 February 2013. We acknowledge numerous discussions with colleagues, including Leor Barack, Luis Lehner, Adam Pound, and Bob Wald. This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
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