[0908.1780] Ultra Relativistic Particle Collisions

Authors: Matthew W. Choptuik, Frans Pretorius

Date: 12 Aug 2009

Abstract: We present results from numerical solution of the Einstein field equations describing the head-on collision of two solitons boosted to ultra relativistic energies. We show, for the first time, that at sufficiently high energies the collision leads to black hole formation, consistent with hoop conjecture arguments. This implies that the non-linear gravitational interaction between the kinetic energy of the solitons causes gravitational collapse, and that arguments for black hole formation in super-Planck scale particle collisions are robust.

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Aug 13, 2009

0908.1780 (/preprints)
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