Mass Inflation in Dynamical Gravitational Collapse of a Charged Scalar Field

Shahar Hod and Tsvi Piran
Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 1554 – Published 24 August 1998
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During the last ten years evidence has been mounting that generically the Cauchy horizon inside a charged or a spinning black hole becomes a null, weak singularity which is a precursor of a strong, spacelike singularity along the r=0 hypersurface. We present here the missing link in this picture: A complete calculation from a regular initial data to the formation of a black hole and its inner singularities. We follow the gravitational collapse of a self-gravitating charged massless scalar field and observe the formation of an apparent horizon, a null, weak, mass-inflation singularity along the Cauchy horizon, and a final, spacelike, central singularity.

  • Received 2 March 1998


©1998 American Physical Society

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Shahar Hod and Tsvi Piran

  • The Racah Institute for Physics, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91904, Israel

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