Stabilization of neutral thin shells by gravitational effects from electric fields Academic Article uri icon


  • We study the properties of a system consisting of an uncharged spherically symmetric two-dimensional extended object which encloses a stationary point charge placed in the shell's center. We show that there can be a static and stable configuration for the neutral shell, using only the gravitational field of the charged source as a stabilizing mechanism. In particular, two types of shells are studied: a dust shell and a string gas shell. The dynamical possibilities are also analyzed, including the possibility of child universe creation.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009