Semiclassical instability of the Cauchy horizon in selfsimilar collapse
Abstract
Generic spherically symmetric selfsimilar collapse results in strong nakedsingularity formation. In this paper we are concerned with particle creation during nakedsingularity formation in spherically symmetric selfsimilar collapse without specifying the collapsing matter. In the generic case, the power of particle emission is found to be proportional to the inverse square of the remaining time to the Cauchy horizon (CH). The constant of proportion can be arbitrarily large in the limit of a marginally naked singularity. Therefore, the unbounded power is especially striking in the case in which an event horizon is very close to the CH, because the emitted energy can be arbitrarily large in spite of the cutoff expected from quantum gravity. The above results suggest the instability of the CH in spherically symmetric selfsimilar spacetime from quantum field theory and seem to support the existence of a semiclassical cosmic censor. The divergence of redshifts and blueshifts of emitted particles is found to cause the divergence of power to positive or negative infinity, depending on the coupling manner of the scalar fields to gravity. On the other hand, it is found that there is a special class of selfsimilar spacetimes in which the semiclassical instability of the CH is not efficient. The analyses in this paper are based on the geometric optics approximation, which is justified in two dimensions but needs justification in four dimensions.
 Publication:

Physical Review D
 Pub Date:
 May 2004
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevD.69.104005
 arXiv:
 arXiv:grqc/0312080
 Bibcode:
 2004PhRvD..69j4005M
 Keywords:

 04.20.Dw;
 04.62.+v;
 Singularities and cosmic censorship;
 Quantum field theory in curved spacetime;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
 Astrophysics;
 High Energy Physics  Theory;
 Quantum Physics
 EPrint:
 14 pages, 4 figures, minor errors corrected and some sentences added in the introduction, accepted for publication in Physical Review D