Asymptotic safety and black holes

Falls, KevinGeoffrey (2013) Asymptotic safety and black holes. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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We study the ultraviolet properties of quantum gravity and its consequences for black hole physics using the functional renormalisation group (RG). In particular we concentrate on the asymptotic safety scenario for quantum gravity put forward by S. Weinberg. This approach relies on the existence of an ultraviolet fixed point in the renormalisation group flow. In chapter 2 we review the functional renormalisation group formalism that is used in order to search for the existence of a fixed point with the properties required for asymptotic safety. Following this introduction, in chapter 3 we use these methods to find ultraviolet fixed points in four-dimensional quantum gravity to high order in a polynomial approximation in the Ricci scalar.

In the following three chapters we concentrate on the implications of the renormalisation group for black hole physics. In chapter 4 we study quantum gravitational corrections to black holes in four and higher dimensions using a renormalisation group improvement of the metric. The quantum effects are worked out in detail for asymptotically safe gravity, where the short distance physics is characterised by a weakening of gravity due to the nontrivial fixed point. Furthermore, mini-black hole production in particle collisions, such as those at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is analysed within low-scale quantum gravity models. In chapter 5 we investigate the thermodynamical properties of the RG improved metrics in detail and study their evaporation process. In chapter 6 we study renormalisation group improved black hole thermodynamics in a metric free approach. Conditions are
formulated under which the thermodynamic properties of four dimensional Kerr-Newman type black holes persist under the RG evolution of couplings. We show that the RG scale must be set by the horizon area of the black hole which acts as a diffeomorphism invariant cut-off for the underlying Wilsonian action.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB0495 Descriptive astronomy > QB0799 Stars > QB0843.A-Z Other particular types of stars, A-Z > QB0843.B55 Black holes
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2013 05:14
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015 11:49

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