From Quadratic Gravity to Observation


Ren, J. (2017). From Quadratic Gravity to Observation. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/17110087


Ren, Jing. From Quadratic Gravity to Observation. Perimeter Institute, Nov. 09, 2017, https://pirsa.org/17110087


          @misc{ pirsa_17110087,
            doi = {10.48660/17110087},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/17110087},
            author = {Ren, Jing},
            keywords = {Quantum Gravity},
            language = {en},
            title = {From Quadratic Gravity to Observation},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2017},
            month = {nov},
            note = {PIRSA:17110087 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Jing Ren University of Toronto


: Astrophysical black hole candidates might be horizonless ultra-compact objects. Of particular interest is the plausible fundamental connection with quantum gravity. The puzzle is then why we shall expect Planck scale corrections around the horizon of a macroscopic black hole. Taking asymptotically free quadratic gravity as a possible candidate of UV completion of general relativity, I will show how the would-be horizon can be naturally replaced by a tiny interior as dictated by the dynamics. The new horizonless 2-2-hole, as a quite generic static solution sourced by sufficiently dense matter, may then be the nearly black endpoint of gravitational collapse. In the era of gravitational wave astronomy, echoes in the post-merger phase provide a great opportunity to probe such scenario. Given the uncertainties associated with the waveform of echoes, I will discuss some model-independent search strategies, where the primary task is to find the time delay between echoes. The search range is then motivated by the Planck scale deviation outside the would-be horizon.