Attractor Explosions and Catalyzed Vacuum Decay

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We present a mechanism for catalyzed vacuum bubble production obtained by combining moduli stabilization with a generalized attractor phenomenon in which moduli are sourced by compact objects. This leads straightforwardly to a class of examples in which the Hawking decay process for black holes unveils a bubble of a different vacuum from the ambient one, generalizing the new endpoint for Hawking evaporation discovered recently by Horowitz. Catalyzed vacuum bubble production can occur for both charged and uncharged bodies, including Schwarzschild black holes for which massive particles produced in the Hawking process can trigger vacuum decay. We briefly discuss applications of ... continued below

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Green, Daniel; Silverstein, Eva & Starr, David May 5, 2006.

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We present a mechanism for catalyzed vacuum bubble production obtained by combining moduli stabilization with a generalized attractor phenomenon in which moduli are sourced by compact objects. This leads straightforwardly to a class of examples in which the Hawking decay process for black holes unveils a bubble of a different vacuum from the ambient one, generalizing the new endpoint for Hawking evaporation discovered recently by Horowitz. Catalyzed vacuum bubble production can occur for both charged and uncharged bodies, including Schwarzschild black holes for which massive particles produced in the Hawking process can trigger vacuum decay. We briefly discuss applications of this process to the population and stability of metastable vacua.

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-11846
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • DOI: 10.2172/881957 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 881957
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc885974

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Green, Daniel; Silverstein, Eva & Starr, David. Attractor Explosions and Catalyzed Vacuum Decay, report, May 5, 2006; [Menlo Park, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc885974/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.