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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

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Black hole decay and Fast Radio Bursts
Speaker(s): Carlo Rovelli
Abstract:

Quantum effects render black holes unstable.  Besides Hawking radiation there is another, genuinely quantum gravitational, source of instability: the Hajicek-Kiefer explosion via tunnelling to a white hole.  A recent result in classical general relativity makes this decay channel plausible: there is an exact external solution of the Einstein equations locally (but not globally) isometric to extended Schwarzschild, which describes an object collapsing into a black hole and then exploding out of a white hole. The tunnelling time can in principle be computed using Loop Quantum Gravity. If it is sufficiently short, present explosions of primordial black hole could be observables, opening a new observational window on quantum gravity. I discuss the possibility that these explosions could be related to the recently observed and mysterious Fast Radio Bursts. 

Date: 04/06/2015 - 2:30 pm
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