Extremal black hole

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In theoretical physics, an extremal black hole is a black hole with the minimal possible mass that can be compatible with a given charge and angular momentum.[1] In other words, this is the smallest possible black hole that can exist while rotating at a given fixed constant speed.

The concept of an extremal black hole is theoretical and none have thus far been observed in nature. However, many theories are based on their existence.

In supersymmetric theories, extremal black holes are often supersymmetric: they are invariant under several supercharges. This is a consequence of the BPS bound. Such black holes are stable and emit no Hawking radiation. Their black hole entropy[2] can be calculated in string theory.

It has been suggested by Sean Carroll that the entropy of an extremal black hole is equal to zero. Carroll explains the lack of entropy by creating a separate dimension for the black hole to exist within.[3]

The hypothetical black hole electron is super-extremal (having more charge and angular momentum than a black hole of its mass "should").

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  1. ^ Kallosh, Renata; Linde, Andrei; Ortín, Tomás; Peet, Amanda; Van Proeyen, Antoine (1 December 1992). "Supersymmetry as a cosmic censor". Physical Review D 46 (12): 5278–5302. arXiv:hep-th/9205027. Bibcode:1992PhRvD..46.5278K. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.46.5278. 
  2. ^ Bekenstein, Jacob D. (1973). "Black Holes and Entropy". Phys. Rev. D 7 (8): 2333–2346. Bibcode:1973PhRvD...7.2333B. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.7.2333. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Carrol, Sean M.; Johnson, Matthew C.; Randall, Lisa (2009). "Extremal limits and black hole entropy". arXiv:0901.0931v2 [hep-th].

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