Universal properties of the near-horizon geometry

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    We derive universal properties of the near-horizon geometry of spherically symmetric black holes that follow from the observability of a regular apparent horizon. Only two types of solutions are admissible. After reviewing their properties we show that only a special form of the solutions of the second type is consistent. We describe how these results extend to modified theories of gravity, including Einstein–Cartan theories. Then we describe the unique black hole formation scenario that necessarily involves both types of solutions. The generalized surface gravity is infinite at the apparent horizon. This feature and comparison of the required energy and timescales with the known semiclassical results suggest that the observed astrophysical black holes are horizonless ultra-compact objects, and the presence of a horizon is associated with currently unknown physics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number064082
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalPhysical Review D: covering particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2021

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    Copyright 2021 American Physical Society. Firstly published in Physical Review D, 103(6), 064082. The original publication is available at https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.103.064082. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


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