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Ergoregion instability rules out BH mimickers, by Paolo Pani (Cagliari and CENTRA)

Oct. 09 - 20:30 - 2008

<font face="Arial, Helvetica">Most of the properties of black holes can be mimicked by horizonless compact objects such as<br /> gravastars, boson stars, wormholes and superspinars. These "black hole mimickers"<br />develop a strong ergoregion instability when rapidly spinning. Instability timescales can be of the<br />order of 0.1 seconds to 1 week for objects with mass M = 1-10^6 M_{sun} and angular momentum<br /> J > 0.4M^2 . This provides a strong indication that very compact objects with large rotation are<br />black holes.</font>

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