T. De Lorenzo, A. Perez

Improved Black Hole Fireworks: Asymmetric Black-Hole-to-White-Hole Tunneling Scenario

Fisica Teorica e Sperimentale

A new scenario for gravitational collapse has been recently proposed by Haggard and Rovelli. Presenting the model under the name of "black hole fireworks", they claim that the accumulation of quantum gravitational effects outside the horizon can cause the tunneling of geometry from a black hole to a white hole, allowing a bounce of the collapsing star which can eventually go back to infinity. In this paper, we discuss the instabilities of this model and propose a simple minimal modification which eliminates them, as well as other related instabilities discussed in the literature. The new scenario is a time-asymmetric version of the original model with a time scale for the final explosion that is shorter than m log m in Planck units. Our analysis highlights the importance of irreversibility in gravitational collapse which, in turn, uncovers important issues that cannot be addressed in detail without a full quantum gravity treatment.

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