The evolution of unstable black holes in anti-de sitter space

Steven S. Gubser, Indrajit Mitra

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We examine the thermodynamic stability of large black holes in four-dimensional anti-de Sitter space, and we demonstrate numerically that black holes which lack local thermodynamic stability often also lack stability against small perturbations. This shows that no-hair theorems do not apply in anti-de Sitter space. A heuristic argument, based on thermodynamics only, suggests that if there are any violations of Cosmic Censorship in the evolution of unstable black holes in anti-de Sitter space, they are beyond the reach of a perturbative analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS-CFT Correspondance
  • Black Holes in String Theory
  • D-branes


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