# Scalar scattering from black holes with tidal charge

## Abstract

The cross sections of black holes with tidal charge predicted in the context of the Randall–Sundrum brane-world scenario are computed considering the massless scalar field. Results obtained for black holes with different tidal-charge intensities are compared in order to study how this charge modifies the black hole cross sections. Such results are also compared with the ones for Schwarzschild and extreme Reissner–Nordström black holes. The increase of the tidal-charge intensity makes the black hole absorb more and can also be measured by the narrowing of interference fringes of the differential scattering cross section. These results indicate that the effects of the tidal charge are very important in phenomena which take place near the black hole, but can be neglected in the far region. Analytical results are obtained in the high-frequency limit and are shown to excellently agree with the numeric results obtained via the partial-wave method. It is shown numerically that black holes with tidal charge obey the universality of the low-frequency absorption cross section of stationary black holes for the massless scalar field.

## 1 Introduction

Twenty years ago, Arkani-Hamed, Dimopoulos, and Dvali proposed that the fundamental scale of gravity could be so low as the weak scale if the spacetime had two or more extra compact dimensions [1]. In the same year, these authors, together with Antoniadis, showed that their proposal was based within the context of string theory [2]. One year later, alternatives to this model were proposed by Randall and Sundrum considering that the spacetime has only one warped extra dimension [3, 4]. Despite the differences, these scenarios are based on the fact that our 4-dimensional observed Universe is a subspace – 3-brane, or simply brane – of a higher-dimensional spacetime – the bulk; Standard-Model fields are restricted to the 3-brane while gravity is free to penetrate the bulk.

One of the most important consequences of these so called brane-world models is that microscopic black holes could be produced by particle collisions of a few TeVs at the LHC [5].^{1} Since these black holes would rapidly evaporate via Hawking radiation [11], some effort has been put on determining their greybody factors [12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26], once their evaporation rate depend directly on these factors. However, these models have also important consequences on the astrophysical and cosmological levels [27], what instigated the appearing of some solutions which describe how black holes interact with particles restricted to the 3-brane (see Refs. [5, 28] and references therein).

Recently we have extended the investigation of black holes in brane-world models to their wave differential scattering cross sections, more specifically considering massless scalar plane waves impinging upon small static neutral and electrically charged black holes in the Arkani-Hamed–Dimopoulos–Dvali model [29, 30]. Other authors have previously considered some scattering properties of black holes on brane-world models, as the absorption cross section [16, 31, 32], shadows [33, 34, 35, 36] and deflections [35, 37] and also quasinormal modes [32, 38, 39, 40].

^{2}

*M*being the black hole mass and \(\beta = qM^2\). If \(0 < q \le 1\), then the metric (1) coincides with the one of Reissner–Nordström black holes [42]; \(q = 0\) describes Schwarzschild black holes; negative values for

*q*are not allowed in the context of General Relativity, but are permitted in the context of the Randall–Sundrum brane-world scenario where \(\beta \) represents the effect of the 5th dimension on the 3-brane [41] and is related to as “tidal charge”. The event horizon of such systems is given by

*q*. Other consequences of the tidal charge have been studied in detail. For example, in Ref. [32] it has been shown that the tidal charge tends to decrease the oscillation frequency while increase the damping rate of scalar, electromagnetic, and gravitational quasinormal modes. The authors also showed that the absorption cross section and the emission rate of such black holes increase with the increase of the tidal-charge intensity. In Refs. [33, 34, 35, 36] the influence of the tidal charge in the shadow cast by a black hole was studied with the conclusion that the shadow increases if the tidal-charge intensity increases.

Here our interest lies in the roles the tidal charge plays in the cross sections of black holes described by Eq. (1). We use the massless scalar field to model a plane wave impinging upon the black hole and then compute its absorption and differential scattering cross sections numerically using the partial-wave method. We compare results for black holes with different tidal charges and also for Schwarzschild and extreme Reissner–Nordström black holes in order to better understand the effects of the tidal charge on the scattering properties of these black holes.

The present work is organized as follows: in Sect. 2 we study the high-frequency limits of the absorption and scattering cross sections; in Sect. 3 we describe the behavior of the massless scalar field in the considered spacetime in terms of partial waves presenting asymptotic solutions to the Klein-Gordon equation as well as the general expressions for the cross sections; section 4 shows a selection of cross sections obtained numerically and also their comparisons with the respective analytical results; our final remarks are presented in Sect. 5.

## 2 Classical and semi-classical scattering

### 2.1 Geodesic limit

*K*(

*k*) and

*F*(

*z*,

*k*) are the complete and incomplete elliptic integrals of the first kind [43] and their arguments are

*n*.

Figure 1 shows the deflection angle and the differential scattering cross section for massless particles considering \(q = -2,-1,0,1\). The differential scattering cross section has been computed considering until the second largest term of the sum in Eq. (10) dropping its contribution only when it was smaller than \(\sim 0.1 \%\); the contributions of further terms are even smaller. We see that particles can approach closer black holes with higher *q* and that the charge exerts lower influence in particles scattered with higher impact parameters. As consequence, it becomes hard to make distinction between the differential scattering cross sections of black holes with different charges when considering particles scattered in small-angle directions (\(\theta \lesssim 20^\circ \)). As we see in Sect. 4, these results agree very well with the wave differential scattering cross section in the same limit they tend to each other.

### 2.2 Glory approximation

*glory*approximation [45, 46]:

*b*) and wave (\(\omega \)) properties. Therefore, it is expected to be valid for \(M\omega \gg 1\). Despite this, the glory approximation presents very good agreement when compared with the numeric results for intermediate values of frequency, for instance \(M\omega = 5.0\), as we will see below.

In Fig. 2 we plot the classical parameters which define the intensity, \(b_g^2 |db/d\theta |_{\theta = \pi }\), and the widths, \(b_g\), of the glory rings. As we can see, the glory intensity increases with the increase of the tidal-charge intensity, i.e., as |*q*| becomes higher on the \(q < 0\) region. This is not observed in the case of Reissner–Nordström black holes, where the glory intensity decreases with the increase of black hole electric charge up to \(q \approx 0.8\) when the intensity starts increasing [44].^{3} Formula (11) predicts that the interference fringe widths vary inversely to \(b_g\). Therefore, from Fig. 2 we conclude that the fringe widths must decrease with the increase of the tidal-charge intensity. In the Reissner–Nordström case, the increase of the black hole charge intensity results in a increase of the interference fringe widths [44]. As we see in Sect. 4, this last prediction based on the glory approximation is confirmed by the numeric results.

In Sect. 4 we compare the glory approximation with the numeric results obtained via the partial-wave method. This comparison is important because it can help us to estimate the accuracy of our results or, in some cases, the lack of agreement between the glory approximation and the partial-wave results may indicate the occurrence of extraordinary phenomena in the scattering process. This is the case of the electromagnetic and gravitational scatterings from Reissner–Nordström black holes, where both helicity-reversing process and interconversion of spin 1 and 2 waves take place [48, 49].

## 3 Wave scattering

*g*denoting its determinant. Spherical symmetry of the spacetime allows us to define stationary modes proportional to the scalar spherical harmonics as \(\varPhi _{\omega lm} = [\psi _{\omega l}(r)/r] \times Y_l^m(\theta ,\phi ) e^{-i\omega t}\). Once angular and temporal parts of the solution are known, we have to focus on solving its radial part, which can been shown to be:

*q*or

*l*. The main consequence of changing

*q*is observed in the maximum value of the effective potential, which decreases with the increase of the tidal-charge intensity, |

*q*|. Therefore, we can already predict that partial waves are more absorbed by black holes which have a more intense tidal charge. This agrees with what has been previously observed in the behavior of the absorption cross section in Ref. [32], the black hole shadows in Refs. [33, 34, 35, 36], and also with the high-frequency analysis presented in Sect. 2 where we observed that massless particles can come closer to the black hole without being absorbed as higher is the value of

*q*(see Fig. 1, top panel).

The sum of the total absorption cross section \(\sigma _\text {abs}\) with the scattering cross section \(\sigma _\text {el}\) defines the total cross section, \(\sigma _\text {tot}\). The total cross section is known to diverge if the wave is scattered by potentials which asymptotically fall off as the Coulomb potential, \(V \sim 1/r\). This is the case of the spacetime studied here, since the main term in the metric at infinity comes from the Schwarzschild term, \(-2M/r\). However, it is possible to obtain a finite total cross section for small black holes on the brane considering the ADD model if the bulk has 6 or more dimensions [29].

## 4 Numeric results

*q*. For black holes with fixed area, however, the partial absorption cross section rapidly increases with the increase of

*q*. This is so because the black hole tends to shrink as

*q*becomes higher. Therefore, in the bottom panel of Fig. 4, we are actually comparing black holes with different masses which are higher for higher

*q*in order to keep the event horizon size unaltered. Also from the bottom panel of Fig. 4 we can infer that \(\sigma _\text {abs} \rightarrow \mathscr {A}\) when \(M\omega \rightarrow 0\).

^{4}This is in agreement with analytical results which predict that stationary black holes have the absorption cross section for low-frequency massless scalar field equal to their area [59, 60]. In the top graph of Fig. 4 we also show the partial absorption cross sections for \(l = 1\) in units of the black hole mass squared. Again the cross section increases with the decrease of

*q*, as expected from the effective potential behavior (see Fig. 3). Similar results have been observed for higher values of

*l*.

*q*, as has been already observed for the partial absorption in the top graph of Fig. 4. Also, the absorption cross section oscillations become wider with the increase of

*q*. The wave absorption cross section oscillates around the geometrical-optics limit value (straight lines on the top panel) and excellently agree with the “sinc approximation” already for relatively low values of the frequency, \(M\omega \sim 0.5\).

A comparison of the differential scattering cross section of black holes with tidal charges \(q = -2,-1\), Schwarzschild (\(q = 0\)) and extreme Reissner–Nordström (\(q = 1\)) black holes for the massless scalar field with \(M\omega = 2.0\) is presented in Fig. 7. We see that the tidal charge does not play an important role in the average of the scattered-flux intensities, but its change modifies the width of interference fringes of the differential scattering cross section. The decrease of *q* implies in a decrease of the interference fringe widths. Near the forward direction, \(\theta \lesssim 20^\circ \), the results tend to depend weakly on the value of *q*. This is expected since the metric term of the charge *q* varies with \(r^{-2}\) and tends to be small compared with the mass term in the far region where particles which suffer small deflections pass.

## 5 Final remarks

We have computed the absorption and scattering cross sections of black holes with tidal charge for the massless scalar field. Since the metric form of these black holes coincides with the metric form of Reissner–Nordström black holes, we have compared the main results with similar results for both Schwarzschild and extreme Reissner–Nordström black holes to have a clearer understanding of the effect of the tidal charge in the cross sections.

The tidal charge acts mainly in phenomena which take place in the region near the black hole. Black holes with more intense tidal charges, e.g. higher \(-q\), tend to absorb more, as noticed by the increase of the partial and total absorption cross sections when presented in units of the black hole mass squared (cf. top graph of Figs. 4 and 5). The same can be conclude by analyzing the comparison of the differential scattering cross section for different values of *q* (cf. Fig. 7). In this case, we have shown that a change in *q* has direct consequences on the interference fringe widths, which are more intense for high values of the scattering angle. In the near-forward direction, small \(\theta \), the interference fringes wane, and the differential scattering cross sections tend to be the same, not depending on the value of *q*. Similar consequences of the change of *q* were noticed in the case of Reissner–Nordström black holes [31, 44].

All approximations regarding to the cross sections of the massless scalar field apply well in the case of black holes with tidal charge. We have shown that such black holes obey the universality of the low-frequency absorption – which says that the absorption cross section for the massles scalar field tends to the black hole area in the low-energy limit if the black hole is stationary [59] – by expressing numeric results in terms of the black hole area (cf. bottom graph of Fig. 4). We also showed that the total absorption cross sections tend to oscillate around the corresponding capture cross sections in the geometrical-optics limit (cf. top graph of Fig. 5) and excellently agree with the “sinc approximation” [32] (see bottom panel of Fig. 5) which is valid in the high-frequency limit [61]. In the case of the differential scattering cross sections, the analytical results, geodesic and glory approximations, were shown to be in good agreement with the numeric results in their respective regime of validity, low scattering angles for geodesics and large angles for the glory approximation, even though not very high frequencies have been considered.

## Footnotes

- 1.
- 2.
Here we work with \(c = G = 1\).

- 3.
The dashed line in the region \(q \ge 0\) of Fig. 2 is equivalent to the solid line of Fig. 10 of Ref. [44]. However, it is important to note that

*q*in Ref. [44] is proportional to the black hole electric charge intensity, |*Q*|, while here*q*is defined as being proportional to \(Q^2\). Therefore, although both lines represent the same quantity, apart from a multiplicative factor, their shapes look different. - 4.
Although the bottom panel of Fig. 4 refers to the partial absorption cross section with \(l = 0\), \(\sigma _l \rightarrow 0\) for \(l > 0\) when \(M\omega \rightarrow 0\) and therefore the non-vanishing contribution to the total cross section in the zero-frequency limit comes only from the \(l = 0\) mode.

## Notes

### Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) for partial financial support via the Grant 310911/2015-0, to B. Toshmatov, Z. Stuchlík, J. Schee, and B. Ahmedov who allowed the reproduction of their results for the “sinc approximation” and to B. Toshmatov for kindly sending the files necessary to generate the curves of this approximation which are shown here.

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