Extremal tunneling and Anti-de Sitter instantons

  • Lars Aalsma
  • Jan Pieter van der Schaar
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We rederive and extend the amplitude for charged spherical shells tunneling through the outer horizon of charged black holes. In particular, we explicitly confirm that an effective action approach with natural initial conditions for a spherical shell, including backreaction, reduces to the tunneling integral. Consequently, we establish a universal expression for the probability of emission in terms of the change in the horizon entropy. Notably, the result for the charged black hole also captures the superradiant regime of charged particle decay at low energies. We then explore an appropriately regulated extremal and near-horizon limit, relating the tunneling amplitude to a family of gravitational instantons in the near-horizon Anti-de Sitter geometry, reducing to the known result for AdS2 domain walls to leading order in the probe limit. We comment on the relation to the Weak Gravity Conjecture and the conjectured instability of (non-supersymmetric) Anti-de Sitter vacua.


Black Holes Black Holes in String Theory Classical Theories of Gravity 


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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam, Delta Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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