Curvature singularities: The good, the bad, and the naked

Steven S. Gubser

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Necessary conditions are proposed for the admissibility of singular classical solutions with 3 + 1-dimensional Poincaŕe invariance to five-dimensional gravity coupled to scalars. Finite temperature considerations and examples from AdS/CFT support the conjecture that the scalar potential must remain bounded above for a solution to be physical. Having imposed some restrictions on naked singularities allows us to comment on a recent proposal for solving the cosmological constant problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-55
Number of pages55
JournalAdvances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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