Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1306.5488 (Samir D. Mathur et al.)

The flaw in the firewall argument    [PDF]

Samir D. Mathur, David Turton
A lot of confusion surrounds the issue of black hole complementarity, because the question has been considered without discussing the mechanism which guarantees unitarity. Considering such a mechanism leads to the following: (1) The Hawking quanta with energy E of order the black hole temperature T carry information, and so only appropriate processes involving E>>T quanta can have any possible complementary description with an information-free horizon; (2) The stretched horizon describes all possible black hole states with a given mass M, and it must expand out to a distance s_{bubble} before it can accept additional infalling bits; (3) The Hawking radiation has a very particular low temperature T, and infalling quanta interact significantly with it only within a distance s_{alpha} of the horizon. One finds s_{alpha} << s_{bubble} for E>>T, and this removes the argument against complementarity recently made by Almheiri et al. In particular, the condition E>>T leads to the notion of 'fuzzball complementarity', where the modes around the horizon are indeed correctly entangled in the complementary picture to give the vacuum.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.5488

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