# Gauss–Bonnet black holes supporting massive scalar field configurations: the large-mass regime

## Abstract

It has recently been demonstrated that black holes with spatially regular horizons can support external scalar fields (scalar hairy configurations) which are non-minimally coupled to the Gauss–Bonnet invariant of the curved spacetime. The composed black-hole-scalar-field system is characterized by a critical existence line \(\alpha =\alpha (\mu r_{\text {H}})\) which, for a given mass of the supported scalar field, marks the threshold for the onset of the spontaneous scalarization phenomenon [here \(\{\alpha ,\mu ,r_{\text {H}}\}\) are respectively the dimensionless non-minimal coupling parameter of the field theory, the proper mass of the scalar field, and the horizon radius of the central supporting black hole]. In the present paper we use analytical techniques in order to explore the physical and mathematical properties of the marginally-stable composed black-hole-linearized-scalar-field configurations in the eikonal regime \(\mu r_{\text {H}}\gg 1\) of large field masses. In particular, we derive a remarkably compact analytical formula for the critical existence-line \(\alpha =\alpha (\mu r_{\text {H}})\) of the system which separates bare Schwarzschild black-hole spacetimes from composed hairy (scalarized) black-hole-field configurations.

## 1 Introduction

The mathematically elegant no-hair theorems presented in [1, 2, 3, 4] have revealed the physically important fact that, within the framework of classical general relativity, spherically symmetric black holes with regular horizons cannot support external static matter configurations which are made of scalar fields with minimal coupling to gravity. As explicitly proved in [5, 6, 7], the intriguing no-hair property of static black holes can also be extended to the physical regime of scalar matter fields which are characterized by a non-trivial (non-minimal) coupling to the Ricci curvature scalar of the corresponding spherically symmetric spacetimes.

Interestingly, later developments [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14] have revealed the intriguing fact that spatially regular hairy matter configurations which are made of scalar fields with non-minimal couplings to the Gauss-Bonnet curvature invariant \(\mathcal{G}\) may be supported in curved black-hole spacetimes. In particular, it has been proved [12, 13, 14] that, in extended Scalar–Tensor–Gauss–Bonnet theories whose actions contain a non-trivial field-curvature coupling term of the form \(f(\phi )\mathcal{G}\) [15], black holes with regular horizons may support scalar fields with non-trivial spatial profiles (see [16, 17, 18] for the physically related model of spontaneously scalarized charged black-hole spacetimes which owe their existence to a non-trivial coupling between the external scalar field and the electromagnetic field tensor of the central supporting charged black hole).

In a physically realistic field theory, the *spontaneous scalarization* phenomenon should be characterized by a non-trivial coupling function \(f(\phi )\) whose mathematical form allows the existence of bare (non-scalarized) black-hole solutions in the weak-coupling regime [12, 13, 14]. Specifically, the physically important studies presented in [12, 13, 14] have considered Scalar-Tensor–Gauss–Bonnet theories whose coupling functions are characterized by the limiting behavior \(f(\phi \rightarrow 0)\propto \alpha \phi ^2\) in the weak-field regime. Here the physical parameter \(\alpha \) is the dimensionless coupling constant of the non-trivial field theory [see Eq. (10) below].

Intriguingly, it has recently been proved [19] that, for non-minimally coupled *massive* scalar fields, the composed black-hole-field system is characterized by a critical *existence-line* \(\alpha =\alpha (\mu r_{\text {H}})\) which separates bare Schwarzschild black holes from hairy (scalarized) black-hole-field solutions of the field equations (here \(\mu \) is the proper mass of the supported scalar field and \(r_{\text {H}}\) is the horizon radius of the central black hole). In particular, the existence-line of the system corresponds to linearized marginally-stable scalar field configurations which are supported by central Schwarzschild black holes. [In the physics literature [9, 20, 21, 22], the supported linearized scalar field configurations are usually called scalar ‘clouds’ in order to distinguish them from self-gravitating (non-linear) hairy matter configurations]. Interestingly, the numerical results presented in [19] have revealed the fact that, for a given value of the dimensionless coupling parameter \(\alpha \), the horizon radius (mass) of the central supporting black hole is a monotonically decreasing function of the mass of the supported scalar field.

The main goal of the present paper is to explore, using analytical techniques, the physical and mathematical properties of the composed Schwarzschild-black-hole-nonminimally-coupled-linearized-massive-scalar-field cloudy configurations. In particular, using a WKB analysis in the dimensionless large-mass \(\mu r_{\text {H}}\gg 1\) regime, we shall derive a resonance formula that provides a remarkably compact analytical description of the critical existence-line \(\alpha =\alpha (\mu r_{\text {H}})\) of the composed Schwarzschild-black-hole-massive-scalar-field system. Interestingly, the derived resonance formula [see Eq. (24) below] would provide a simple *analytical* explanation for the *numerically* observed [19] monotonic behavior of the function \(r_{\text {H}}=r_{\text {H}}(\mu ;\alpha )\) along the critical existence-line of the system.

## 2 Description of the system

*M*.

*y*by the relation [26]

## 3 The discrete resonant spectrum of the composed black-hole-linearized-massive-scalar-field system: A WKB analysis

*y*[see Eq. (7)], the Schrödinger-like radial differential Eq. (8) has a mathematical form which is amenable to a standard WKB analysis. In particular, a standard second-order WKB analysis for the spatially regular bound-state resonances of the Schrödinger-like ordinary differential equation (7) yields the well-known quantization condition [27, 28, 29, 30]

*n*is the resonance parameter which characterizes the discrete bound-state resonant modes of the composed black-hole-nonminimally-coupled-massive-scalar-field system.

*analytically*in the large-mass regime (12). In particular, defining the dimensionless radial coordinate

## 4 Summary

The recently published highly interesting works [12, 13, 14, 19] have explicitly proved that, in some field theories, black holes may support external matter configurations (hair) made of scalar fields, a phenomenon which is known by the name black-hole spontaneous scalarization. In particular, it has been demonstrated numerically [12, 13, 14, 19] that spatially regular (massless as well as massive) scalar fields with nontrivial couplings to the Gauss–Bonnet curvature invariant may be supported by central black holes with regular horizons.

Intriguingly, the numerical results presented in [12, 13, 14, 19] have revealed the fact that the dimensionless physical parameter \(\alpha \), which controls the non-trivial coupling between the Gauss–Bonnet invariant of the curved spacetime and the supported scalar matter configurations, is characterized by a discrete resonant spectrum \(\{\alpha _{n}\}_{n=0}^{n=\infty }\) which corresponds to black holes that support spatially regular nonminimally coupled linearized scalar field configurations.

In the present paper we have used *analytical* techniques in order to explore the physical properties of the spontaneously scalarized hairy black-hole spacetimes in the regime of cloudy (linearized) supported field configurations. In particular, we have derived the compact WKB analytical formula (24) for the discrete resonant spectrum which characterizes the non-trivial coupling parameter \(\alpha \) of the composed black-hole-massive-scalar-field theory in the physical regime \(\mu r_{\text {H}}\gg 1\) of large field masses.

*existence-line*which characterizes the hairy Schwarzschild-black-hole-massive-scalar-field configurations. The \(\alpha \)-dependent critical line (25) for the masses of the supported non-minimally coupled scalar fields marks, in the large-mass \(\mu r_{\text {H}}\gg 1\) regime, the boundary between bald Schwarzschild black-hole spacetimes and spontaneously scalarized hairy black-hole-scalar-field spacetimes. In particular, for a non-trivial field theory with a given value of the physical coupling parameter \(\alpha \) and for a given mass (radius) of the central supporting black hole, the hairy black-hole-nonminimally-coupled-massive-scalar-field configurations are characterized by the mass inequality \({\mu }(\alpha )\le {\mu }_{\text {max}}(\alpha )\).

Interestingly, the *analytically* derived formula (25) for the critical existence-line of the system implies, in agreement with the important *numerical* results presented in [19], that, for a given value of the dimensionless coupling parameter \(\alpha \), the mass *M* (horizon radius \(r_{\text {H}}\)) of the central supporting black hole is a monotonically decreasing function of the mass \(\mu \) of the nonminimally coupled scalar field.

## Notes

### Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Carmel Science Foundation. I would like to thank Yael Oren, Arbel M. Ongo, Ayelet B. Lata, and Alona B. Tea for helpful discussions.

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