“On the Quantum Fate of Black Hole Singularities”

Speaker and affiliation: 
Claus Kiefer (University of Cologne)
Fri, 2021-01-22 11:15 to 12:15

Under general conditions, gravitational collapse in general relativity predicts the occurrence of singularities. This is the content of the singularity theorems proven by Penrose, Hawking, and others. It is generally expected that a quantum theory of gravity will avoid the occurrence of singularities. Such a theory is not yet available in complete form, but the question of singularity avoidance can be addressed in existing approaches. I shall choose the framework of quantum geometrodynamics - the direct quantization of general relativity. Attention is restricted to spherically-symmetric cases. I shall show how the classical singularity can be avoided in two simple models - the collapse of a dust shell and the collapse of a dust cloud.