PhD Dissertation Defense

The Interaction of Dirac Particles with a Hawking Charged Radiating Black Hole

Erik M. Kubik
Graduate Student
UConn Physics Department

The interaction of spin 1/2 fields with a charged, evaporating black hole (EBH) is investigated. Using the Vaidya metric to model the Hawking evaporating black hole, the wave equation for a massless spinor field is obtained. The resulting field equation is solved utilizing techniques developed by Brill and Wheeler. Unlike previous efforts, a charged, evaporating black hole has never been used as a background to investigate spin 1/2 quantum field propagation, e.g., Brill and Wheeler considered massless spin 1/2 interactions in a static, Schwarzschild background. Using the WKB approximation, the wave equation is solved for the case of an EBH with constant luminosity. Analysis of the effective potential at different stages of evaporation is made including the dependence on the parameters of the system such as the total angular momentum, energy of the incident field, and luminosity of the evaporating black hole. Utilizing techniques of Mukhopadhey, the transmission and reflection coefficients for the massless spinors are computed and compared to Schwarzschild result for both the high energy and hard scattering cases. The effect of the time dependence of the space-time metric has an important effect on the behavior of quantum fields over the lifetime of the evaporating black hole and may provide a signature for the detection of such objects.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
3:00 pm
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P121

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