Phases of Gravitational Collapse in AdS

Generically, a small amount of matter introduced to anti-de Sitter spacetime leads to formation of a black hole; however, the high degree of symmetry of AdS means that some initial distributions of matter (possibly also technically generic) oscillate indefinitely. Whether a given initial profile leads to a horizon at arbitrarily small amplitudes is of great interest for a number of reasons, not least because horizon formation corresponds holographically to thermalization in CFT.  We will present an overview of approaches the question and show a phase diagram of the stability behavior of AdS in the presence of a scalar field, including an analysis of nonperturbative phases at the border of perturbative stability and instability.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:30
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