APEC Seminar (Astronomy - Particle Physics - Experimental Physics - Cosmology)

Speaker: Kota Ogasawara (Rikkyo University)
Title: High energy particle collision and collisional Penrose process near a Kerr black hole
Date (JST): Fri, Apr 22, 2016, 13:30 - 14:30
Place: Seminar Room A
Abstract: The center-of-mass energy of two particles can become arbitrarily large if they collide near the event horizon of an extremal Kerr black hole, which is called the Banados-Silk-West effect. We consider such a high-energy collision of two particles which started from infinity and follow geodesics in the equatorial plane and investigate the energy extraction from such a high-energy particle collision and the production of particles in the equatorial plane. We analytically show that, on the one hand, if the produced particles are as massive as the colliding particles, the energy-extraction efficiency is bounded by 2.19 approximately. On the other hand, if a very massive particle is produced as a result of the high-energy collision, which has negative energy and necessarily falls into the black hole, the upper limit of the energy-extraction efficiency is increased to 13.9. Thus, higher efficiency of the energy extraction, which is typically as large as 10, provides strong evidence for the production of a heavy particle.