R. Di Criscienzo

INFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Frascati, Latium, Italy

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Publications (21)29.27 Total impact

  • 02/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: In the present paper, Unruh--DeWitt detectors are used in order to investigate the issue of temperature associated with a spherically symmetric dynamical space-times. Firstly, we review the semi-classical tunneling method, then we introduce the Unruh--DeWitt detector approach. We show that for the generic static black hole case and the FRW de Sitter case, making use of peculiar Kodama trajectories, semiclassical and quantum field theoretic techniques give the same standard and well known thermal interpretation, with an associated temperature, corrected by appropriate Tolman factors. For a FRW space-time interpolating de Sitter space with the Einstein--de Sitter universe (that is a more realistic situation in the frame of $\Lambda$CDM cosmologies), we show that the detector response splits into a de Sitter contribution plus a fluctuating term containing no trace of Boltzmann-like factors, but rather describing the way thermal equilibrium is reached in the late time limit. As a consequence, and unlike the case of black holes, the identification of the dynamical surface gravity of a cosmological trapping horizon as an effective temperature parameter seems lost, at least for our co-moving simplified detectors. The possibility remains that a detector performing a proper motion along a Kodama trajectory may register something more, in which case the horizon surface gravity would be associated more likely to vacuum correlations than to particle creation.
    International Journal of Theoretical Physics 11/2011; 51(5). · 1.09 Impact Factor
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    L. Vanzo, G. Acquaviva, R. Di Criscienzo
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this work is to review the tunnelling method as an alternative description of the quantum radiation from black holes and cosmological horizons. The method is first formulated and discussed for the case of stationary black holes, then a foundation is provided in terms of analytic continuation throughout complex space-time. The two principal implementations of the tunnelling approach, which are the null geodesic method and the Hamilton-Jacobi method, are shown to be equivalent in the stationary case. The Hamilton-Jacobi method is then extended to cover spherically symmetric dynamical black holes, cosmological horizons and naked singularities. Prospects and achievements are discussed in the conclusions.
    Classical and Quantum Gravity 06/2011; 28(18). · 3.56 Impact Factor
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    G. Acquaviva, R. Di Criscienzo, L. Vanzo, S. Zerbini
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    ABSTRACT: In the paper, the temperature associated with a dynamical spherically symmetric black hole or with a cosmological horizon is investigated from the point of view of a point-like detector. First, we briefly review the Hamilton-Jacobi tunneling method for a generic dynamical spherically symmetric space-time, and present two applications of the tunneling method. Then, we apply a well-known relativistic quantum theoretical technique, namely the Unruh-DeWitt detector formalism for a conformally coupled scalar field in a generic FRW space-time. As an application, for the generic static black hole case and the FRW de Sitter case, making use of peculiar Kodama observer trajectories, the tunneling semiclassical results are fully recovered, automatically corrected by Tolman factors. Some remarks on the temperature of FRW universe are presented. For more general spaces interpolating de Sitter space with the Einstein-de Sitter universe a second set of poles is present, whose exact role remains to be clarified, plus an extra fluctuating term describing the way equilibrium is reached, similarly to de Sitter space. The simple thermal interpretation found for de Sitter space is lost and forces, at a same time, a different quantum interpretation of the horizon surface gravity for the cosmological FRW models.
    01/2011;
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    ABSTRACT: We give an interpretation of the temperature in de Sitter universe in terms of a dynamical Unruh effect associated with the Hubble sphere. As with the quantum noise perceived by a uniformly accelerated observer in static space-times, observers endowed with a proper motion can in principle detect the effect. In particular, we study a "Kodama observer" as a two-field Unruh detector for which we show the effect is approximately thermal. We also estimate the back-reaction of the emitted radiation and find trajectories associated with the Kodama vector fields are stable.
    Modern Physics Letters A 11/2010; · 1.11 Impact Factor
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    R. Di Criscienzo, L. Vanzo, S. Zerbini
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    ABSTRACT: Studying the behaviour of a quantum field in a classical, curved, spacetime is an extraordinary task which nobody is able to take on at present time. Independently by the fact that such problem is not likely to be solved soon, still we possess the instruments to perform exact predictions in special, highly symmetric, conditions. Aim of the present contribution is to show how it is possible to extract quantitative information about a variety of physical phenomena in very general situations by virtue of the so-called Hamilton-Jacobi method. In particular, we shall prove the agreement of such semi-classical method with exact results of quantum field theoretic calculations. Comment: To appear in the proceedings of "Cosmology, the Quantum Vacuum, and Zeta Functions": A workshop with a celebration of Emilio Elizalde's Sixtieth birthday, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain, 8-10 Mar 2010
    10/2010;
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    R. Di Criscienzo, S. Hayward, M. Nadalini, L. Vanzo, S. Zerbini
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    ABSTRACT: Previous work on dynamical black hole instability is further elucidated within the Hamilton-Jacobi method for horizon tunnelling and the reconstruction of the classical action by means of the null-expansion method and making use of a coordinate invariance approach. Comment: 3 pages, MG12 Proceeding, Paris
    06/2010;
  • Roberto Di Criscienzo, Sergio Zerbini
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract unavailable.
    Journal of Mathematical Physics 05/2010; 51(5):059901-059901-1. · 1.30 Impact Factor
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    Roberto Di Criscienzo, Luciano Vanzo, Sergio Zerbini
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    ABSTRACT: Following recent literature on dS instability in presence of interactions, we study the decay of massive particles in general FRW models and the emission from naked singularities either associated with 4D charged black holes or with 2D shock waves, by means of the Hamilton--Jacobi tunneling method. It is shown that the two-dimensional semi-classical tunneling amplitude from a naked singularity computed in that way is the same as the one-loop result of quantum field theory. Comment: LaTex document, 14 pages, two figures
    Journal of High Energy Physics 01/2010; · 5.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The dark energy issue is attracting the attention of an increasing number of physicists all over the world. Among the possible alternatives to explain what as been named the “Mystery of the Millennium” are the so-called Modified Theories of Gravity. A crucial test for such models is represented by the existence and (if this is the case) the properties of their black hole solutions. Nowadays, to our knowledge, only two non-trivial, static, spherically symmetric, solutions with vanishing cosmological constant are known by Barrow & Clifton (2005) and Deser, Sarioglu & Tekin (2008). The aim of the paper is to discuss some features of such solutions, with emphasis on their thermodynamic properties such as entropy and temperature.
    Entropy 01/2010; · 1.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The arguments of the above article [arXiv:0910.3934] do not apply to the papers which it criticizes, and contain several key errors, including a fundamental misunderstanding about the equivalence principle. Comment: latex file, 1 figure
    11/2009;
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    ABSTRACT: The arguments of the above article [arXiv:0910.3934] do not apply to the papers which it criticizes, and contain several key errors, including a fundamental misunderstanding about the equivalence principle.
    11/2009;
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    ABSTRACT: We point out basic misunderstandings about quantum field theory, general relativity and partial derivatives in the above Comments. In reply to a second comment on our first reply by the same author, we also identify precisely where the author's original calculation goes wrong and correct it, yielding the same local Hawking temperature as obtained by the Hamilton-Jacobi method. Comment: New section is added with further comments, in reply to second comment on our first reply, one more references
    09/2009;
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    ABSTRACT: We point out basic misunderstandings about quantum field theory, general relativity and partial derivatives in the above Comments. In reply to a second comment on our first reply by the same author, we also identify precisely where the author's original calculation goes wrong and correct it, yielding the same local Hawking temperature as obtained by the Hamilton-Jacobi method.
    09/2009;
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    Roberto Di Criscienzo, Sergio Zerbini
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    ABSTRACT: Motivated by the considerable success of alternative theories of gravity, we consider the toy model of a higher derivative Lagrangian theory, namely the Pais-Uhlenbeck oscillator studied in a recent paper by Hawking-Hertog. Its Euclidean Path Integral is studied with a certain detail and a pedagogical derivation of the propagator, which makes use of a Theorem due to Forman, is consequently proposed Comment: 12 pages, no figures, error sign corrected in section 3, conclusions unchanged, one reference added
    Journal of Mathematical Physics 07/2009; · 1.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Previous work on dynamical black hole instability is further elucidated within the Hamilton-Jacobi method for horizon tunneling and the reconstruction of the classical action by means of the null-expansion method. Everything is based on two natural requirements, namely that the tunneling rate is an observable and therefore it must be based on invariantly defined quantities, and that coordinate systems which do not cover the horizon should not be admitted. These simple observations can help to clarify some ambiguities, like the doubling of the temperature occurring in the static case when using singular coordinates, and the role, if any, of the temporal contribution of the action to the emission rate. The formalism is also applied to FRW cosmological models, where it is observed that it predicts the positivity of the temperature naturally, without further assumptions on the sign of the energy. Comment: Standard Latex document, typos corrected, refined discussion of tunneling picture, subsection 5.1 removed
    Classical and Quantum Gravity 06/2009; · 3.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A local Hawking temperature is derived for any future outer trapping horizon in spherical symmetry, using a Hamilton Jacobi variant of the Parikh Wilczek tunneling method. It is given by a dynamical surface gravity as defined geometrically. The operational meaning of the temperature is that Kodama observers just outside the horizon measure an invariantly redshifted temperature, diverging at the horizon itself. In static, asymptotically flat cases, the Hawking temperature as usually defined by the Killing vector agrees in standard cases, but generally differs by a relative redshift factor between the horizon and infinity, this being the temperature measured by static observers at infinity. Likewise, the geometrical surface gravity reduces to the Newtonian surface gravity in the Newtonian limit, while the Killing definition instead reflects measurements at infinity. This may resolve a long-standing puzzle concerning the Hawking temperature for the extremal limit of the charged stringy black hole, namely that it is the local temperature which vanishes. In general, this confirms the quasi-stationary picture of black-hole evaporation in early stages. However, the geometrical surface gravity is generally not the surface gravity of a static black hole with the same parameters.
    Classical and Quantum Gravity 01/2009; 26(6). · 3.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A local Hawking temperature was recently derived for any future outer trapping horizon in spherical symmetry, using a Hamilton-Jacobi tunneling method, and is given by a dynamical surface gravity as defined geometrically. Descriptions are given of the operational meaning of the temperature, in terms of what observers measure, and its relation to the usual Hawking temperature for static black holes. Implications for the final fate of an evaporating black hole are discussed. Comment: 7 pages, contribution to Proceedings of ERE2008
    12/2008;
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    R. Di Criscienzo, L. Vanzo
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    ABSTRACT: The instability against emission of fermionic particles by the trapping horizon of an evolving black hole is analyzed and confirmed using the Hamilton-Jacobi tunneling method. This method automatically selects one special expression for the surface gravity of a changing horizon. The results also apply to point masses embedded in an expanding universe. As a bonus of the tunneling method, we gain the insight that the surface gravity still defines a temperature parameter as long as the evolution is sufficiently slow that the black-hole pass through a sequence of quasi-equilibrium states, and that black holes should be semi-classically unstable even in a hypothetical world without bosonic fields.
    EPL (Europhysics Letters) 05/2008; 82(6):60001. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    Valter Moretti, Roberto Di Criscienzo
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    ABSTRACT: We analyze the interplay of local flatness and geodesic deviation measured for causal geodesics starting from the remark that, form a physical viewpoint, the geodesic deviation can be measured for causal geodesic, observing the motion of (infinitesimal) falling bodies, but it can hardly be evaluated on spacelike geodesics. We establish that a generic spacetime is (locally) flat if and only if there is no geodesic deviation for timelike geodesics or, equivalently, there is no geodesic deviation for null geodesics.
    01/2008;

Publication Stats

150 Citations
29.27 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2009–2011
    • INFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
      Frascati, Latium, Italy
    • Shanghai Normal University
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2008–2009
    • University of Toronto
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2007
    • Università degli Studi di Trento
      • Department of Physics
      Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy