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Spectrum of a radio pulse from an exploding black hole

Blandford, R. D. (1977) Spectrum of a radio pulse from an exploding black hole. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 181 (3). pp. 489-498. ISSN 0035-8711. doi:10.1093/mnras/181.3.489.

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Black holes of mass ≲ 10^(11) kg may be able to radiate all of their rest mass in an essentially instantaneous explosion by the Hawking process provided that the number of available modes increases sufficiently rapidly with temperature. Rees has pointed out that should this happen, electron–positron pairs may form a significant fraction of the explosion products and that if the hole is surrounded by a typical interstellar magnetic field, the kinetic energy of the pairs may be efficiently transformed into radio waves. In this paper the spectrum of the observed radiation is calculated and conditions necessary for this to be detectable are further discussed.

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Additional Information:© 1977 Royal Astronomical Society. Provided by the NASA Astrophysics Data System. Received 1977 May 26. I thank M. Rees for suggesting this problem, C. Alcock and D. Mikkelsen for numerical evaluation of the integral in Section 4 and J. Arons, C. McKee, A. Moffett and P. Young for helpful comments. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (AST76-80801).
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Official Citation:R. D. Blandford, Spectrum of a radio pulse from an exploding black hole, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 181, Issue 3, 1 December 1977, Pages 489–498,
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