Universality classes for horizon instabilities

Steven S. Gubser, Arkadas Ozakin

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We introduce a notion of universality classes for the Gregory-Laflamme instability and determine, in the supergravity approximation, the stability of a variety of solutions, including the non-extremal D3-brane, M2-brane, and M5-brane. These three non-dilatonic branes cross over from instability to stability at a certain non-extremal mass. Numerical analysis suggests that the wavelength of the shortest unstable mode diverges as one approaches the cross-over point from above, with a simple critical exponent which is the same in all three cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-155
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Black Holes
  • Classical Theories of Gravity
  • P-branes


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