Any probe which crosses the horizon of a black hole should be absorbed. In M(atrix) theory, for 0-brane probes of Schwarzschild black holes, we argue that the relevant absorption mechanism is a tachyon instability which sets in at the horizon. We give qualitative arguments, and some quantitative large-TV calculations, in support of this claim. The tachyon instability provides an attractive mechanism for infalling matter to be captured and thermalized by a Schwarzschild black hole.
- Black Holes in String Theory
- Brane Dynamics in gauge Theories
- M(atrix) Theories
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics