Fate of the black string instability

Gary T. Horowitz, Kengo Maeda

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Gregory and Laflamme showed that certain nonextremal black strings (and P-branes) are unstable to linearized perturbations. It is widely believed that this instability will cause the black string horizon to classically pinch off and then quantum mechanically separate, resulting in higher dimensional black holes. We argue that this cannot happen. Under very mild assumptions, classical event horizons cannot pinch off. Instead, they settle down to new static black string solutions which are not translationally invariant along the string.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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