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Weak cosmic censorship in Einstein-scalar theory

Dec. 12 - 14:30 - 2019

Speaker: Bogdan Ganchev (DAMTP, University of Cambridge)

Title: Weak cosmic censorship in Einstein-scalar theory

We present a plausible counterexample to the weak cosmic censorship conjecture in four-dimensional Einstein-scalar theory with asymptotically flat boundary conditions. Our setup stems from the analysis of the massive Klein-Gordon equation on a fixed Kerr black hole background. In particular, we construct the quasinormal spectrum numerically, and analytically in the WKB approximation, then go on to compute its backreation on the Kerr geometry. In the regime of parameters where the analytic and numerical techniques overlap we find perfect agreement. We argue that at late times the system will violate the weak cosmic censorship.

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