Thermal duality and gravitational collapse

Hewitt, M. (2015) Thermal duality and gravitational collapse. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 631 (1). ISSN 1742-6596.

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Abstract

Thermal duality is a relationship between the behaviour of het-erotic string models of the E(8)xE(8) or SO(32) types at inversely related temperatures, a variant of T duality in the Euclidean regime. This duality would have consequences for the nature of the Hagedorn transition in these string models. We propose that the vacuum admits a family of deformations in situations where there are closed surfaces of constant area but high radial acceleration (a string regularized ver-sion of a Penrose trapped surface), such as would be formed in situ-ations of extreme gravitational collapse. This would allow a radical resolution of the firewall paradox by allowing quantum effects to sig-nificantly modify the spacetime geometry around a collapsed object. A string bremsstrahlung process would convert the kinetic energy of infalling matter in extreme gravitational collapse to form a region of the deformed vacuum, which would be equivalent to forming a high temperature string phase. A heuristic criterion for the conversion pro-cess is presented, relating Newtonian gravity to the string tension, suggesting an upper limit to the strength of the gravitational interac-tion. This conversion process might have observable consequences for charged particles falling into a rotating collapsed object by producing high energy particles via a variant of the Penrose process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > QC0770 Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
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Depositing User: Roz Bass
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 10:20
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 18:22
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13266

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