Semiclassical effects in black hole interiors

William A. Hiscock, Shane L. Larson, Paul R. Anderson

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First-order semiclassical perturbations to the Schwarzschild black hole geometry are studied within the black hole interior. The source of the perturbations is taken to be the vacuum stress-energy of quantized scalar, spinor, and vector fields, evaluated using analytic approximations developed by Page and others (for massless fields) and the DeWitt-Schwinger approximation (for massive fields). Viewing the interior as an anisotropic collapsing cosmology, we find that minimally or conformally coupled scalar fields, and spinor fields, decrease the anisotropy as the singularity is approached, while vector fields increase the anisotropy. In addition, we find that for massless fields of all spins, the massive conformally coupled scalar field, and massive vector fields, the metric perturbations initially strengthen the singularity, while for minimally coupled massive scalar and spinor fields the metric perturbations tend to initially slow the growth of curvature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3571-3581
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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