Title

Will We Observe Black Holes at the LHC?

Abstract

The generalized uncertainty principle, motivated by string theory and non-commutative quantum mechanics, suggests significant modifications to the Hawking temperature and evaporation process of black holes. For extra-dimensional gravity with Planck scale O(TeV), this leads to important changes in the formation and detection of black holes at the large hadron collider. The number of particles produced in Hawking evaporation decreases substantially. The evaporation ends when the black-hole mass is Planck scale, leaving a remnant and a consequent missing energy of order TeV. Furthermore, the minimum energy for black-hole formation in collisions is increased, and could even be increased to such an extent that no black holes are formed at LHC energies.

Department(s)

Physics

Sponsor(s)

Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (UK)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Comments

MC and RM are supported by PPARC (UK), and SD by NSERC (Canada).

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0264-9381

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2003 Institute of Physics - IOP Publishing, All rights reserved.

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