Extreme Black Holes: Anabasis and Accidental Symmetry

2022-02-24 13:00 - 14:00



Speaker: Achilleas Porfyriadis, Harvard Black Hole Initiative

Title: Extreme Black Holes: Anabasis and Accidental Symmetry

Abstract: The near-horizon region of black holes near extremality is universally AdS_2-like. In this talk I will concentrate on the simplest example of  AdS_2 x S^2 as the near-horizon of (near-)extreme Reissner-Nordstrom. I will first explain the SL(2)transformation properties of the spherically symmetric linear perturbations of  AdS_2 x S^2 and show how their backreaction leads to the Reissner-Nordstrom black hole. This backreaction with boundary condition change is called an anabasis. I will then show that the linear Einstein equation near AdS_2 x S^2, with or without additional matter, enjoys an accidental symmetry that may be thought of as an on-shell large diffeomorphism of AdS_2.