Higher dimensional black hole scalarization

Dumitru Astefanesei, Carlos Herdeiro, João Oliveira, Eugen Radu

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In the simplest scalar-tensor theories, wherein the scalar field is non-minimally coupled to the Ricci scalar, spontaneous scalarization of electrovacuum black holes (BHs) does not occur. This ceases to be true in higher dimensional spacetimes, d > 4. We consider the scalarization of the higher dimensional Reissner-Nordström BHs in scalar-tensor models and provide results on the zero modes for different d, together with an explicit construction of the scalarized BHs in d = 5, discussing some of their properties. We also observe that a conformal transformation into the Einstein frame maps this model into an Einstein-Maxwel- scalar model, wherein the non-minimal coupling occurs between the scalar field and the Maxwell invariant (rather than the Ricci scalar), thus relating the occurence of scalarization in the two models. Next, we consider the spontaneous scalarization of the Schwarzschild- Tangherlini BH in extended-scalar-tensor-Lovelock gravity in even dimensions. In these models, the scalar field is non-minimally coupled to the (d/2)th Euler density, in d spacetime dimensions. We construct explicitly examples in d = 6, 8, showing the properties of the four dimensional case are qualitatively generic, but with quantitative differences. We compare these higher d scalarized BHs with the hairy BHs in shift-symmetric Horndeski theory, for the same d, which we also construct.

Original languageEnglish
Article number186
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020


  • Black Holes
  • Classical Theories of Gravity


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