Internal instability in a Reissner-Nordström black hole

  • Michael Simpson
  • Roger Penrose


The question of the effect of asynumetries in gravitational collapse is investigated by considerations of test electromagnetic fields in an extended Reissner-Nordström background. It is found, with ths aid of computer calculations, that instabilities in the test field arise at the inner (Cauchy or anti-event) horizon, though not at the ouier (event) horizon. Thus it is reasonable to infer that in the full coupled Einstein-Maxwell theory the inner horizon will not survive as a non-singular bypersurface when asymmetric perturbations are present, but will instead become a space-time curvature singularity.


Black Hole Field Theory Elementary Particle Quantum Field Theory Electromagnetic Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Simpson
    • 1
  • Roger Penrose
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBirkbeck CollegeLondon

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