Charge scaling and universality in critical collapse


Gundlach, C. and Martin-Garcia, J.M. (1996) Charge scaling and universality in critical collapse. Physical Review D, 54, (12), 7353-7360. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.54.7353).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.54.7353

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Consider any one-parameter family of initial data such that data with a parameter value p>p* form black holes, and data with p<p* do not. As p→p* from above ("critical collapse"), the black hole mass scales as M∼(p-p*)γ, where the critical exponent γ is the same for all such families of initial data. So far critical collapse has been investigated only for initial data with zero charge and zero angular momentum. Here, we allow for U(1) charge. In scalar electrodynamics coupled to gravity, with action R+|(∂+iqA)φ|2+F2, we consider initial data with spherical symmetry and a nonvanishing charge. From dimensional analysis and a previous calculation of Lyapunov exponents, we predict that in critical collapse the black hole mass scales as M∼(p-p*)γ, and the black hole charge as Q∼(p-p*)δ, with γ=0.374±0.001 (as for the real scalar field) and δ=0.883±0.007. We conjecture that, where there is no mass gap, this behavior generalizes to other charged matter models, with δ>~2γ. We suggest the existence of universality classes with respect to parameters such as q.

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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
ePrint ID: 29171
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:17
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/29171

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