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Accretion of a Symmetry Breaking Scalar Field by a Schwarzschild Black Hole

Traykova, Dina; Braden, Jonathan; Peiris, Hiranya V.;
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  • Published: 02 Nov 2017
We simulate the behaviour of a Higgs-like field in the vicinity of a Schwarzschild black hole using a highly accurate numerical framework. We consider both the limit of the zero-temperature Higgs potential, and a toy model for the time-dependent evolution of the potential when immersed in a slowly cooling radiation bath. Through these numerical investigations, we aim to improve our understanding of the non-equilibrium dynamics of a symmetry breaking field (such as the Higgs) in the vicinity of a compact object such as a black hole. Understanding this dynamics may suggest new approaches for studying properties of scalar fields using black holes as a laboratory.
arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum CosmologyAstrophysics::High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
free text keywords: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Physics - Theory
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Understanding the Origin of Cosmic Structure
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 306478
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP2 | ERC
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