Tachyons and black hole horizons in gauge theory

Daniel Kabat, Gilad Lifschytz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)XII-21
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Black Holes in String Theory
  • Brane Dynamics in gauge Theories
  • M(atrix) Theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'Tachyons and black hole horizons in gauge theory'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this