Thermodynamically stable asymptotically flat hairy black holes with a dilaton potential

Dumitru Astefanesei, David Choque, Francisco Gómez, Raúl Rojas

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We present a detailed analysis of the thermodynamics of exact asymptotically flat hairy black holes in Einstein-Maxwell-dilaton theory. We compute the regularized action, quasilocal stress tensor, and conserved charges by using a ‘counterterm method’ similar to the one extensively used in the AdS-CFT duality. In the presence of a non-trivial dilaton potential that vanishes at the boundary we prove that, for some range of parameters, there exist thermodynamically stable black holes in the grand canonical and canonical ensembles. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of a thermodynamically stable asymptotically flat black hole, without imposing artificial conditions corresponding to embedding in a finite box.

Original languageEnglish
Article number205
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019


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