New Features of Gravitational Collapse in Anti-de Sitter Spacetimes

Daniel Santos-Oliván, Carlos F. Sopuerta

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    © 2016 American Physical Society. Gravitational collapse of a massless scalar field in spherically symmetric anti-de Sitter (AdS) spacetimes presents a new phenomenology with a series of critical points whose dynamics is discretely self-similar as in the asymptotically flat case. Each critical point is the limit of a branch of scalar field configurations that have bounced off the AdS boundary a fixed number of times before forming an apparent horizon. We present results from a numerical study that focus on the interfaces between branches. We find that there is a mass gap between branches and that subcritical configurations near the critical point form black holes with an apparent horizon mass that follows a power law of the form MAH-Mg (pc-p)ξ, where Mg is the mass gap and the exponent ξ≃0.7 appears to be universal.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number041101
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2016


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