20-23 September 2021
Europe/Athens timezone

A singularity theorem for evaporating black holes

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Eleni-Alexandra Kontou (University of Amsterdam)


The classical singularity theorems of General Relativity rely on energy conditions that are easily violated by quantum fields. In this talk I will provide motivation for an energy condition obeyed by semiclassical gravity: the smeared null energy condition (SNEC), a proposed bound on the weighted average of the null energy along a finite portion of a null geodesic. I will then then present the proof of a semiclassical singularity theorem using SNEC as an assumption. This theorem extends the Penrose theorem to semiclassical gravity and has interesting applications to evaporating black holes. Based on: arXiv:2012.11569

Primary authors

Eleni-Alexandra Kontou (University of Amsterdam) Prof. Ben Freivogel (University of Amsterdam ) Mr Dimitrios Krommydas (University of Leiden)

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