On naked singularities and the collapse of self-gravitating Higgs fields

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We consider the problem of collapse of a self-gravitating Higgs field, with potential bounded below by a (possibly negative) constant. The behaviour at infinity may be either asymptotically flat or asymptotically AdS. This problem has recently received much attention as a source for possible violations of weak cosmic censorship in string theory. In this paper, we prove under spherical symmetry that "first singularities" arising in the non-trapped region must necessarily emanate from the centre. In particular, this excludes the formation of a certain type of naked singularity which was recently conjectured to occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-591
Number of pages17
JournalAdvances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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