Selection rules for black-hole quantum transitions Academic Article uri icon


  • We suggest that quantum transitions of black holes comply with selection rules, analogous to those of atomic spectroscopy. In order to identify such rules, we apply Bohr's correspondence principle to the quasinormal ringing frequencies of black holes. In this context, classical ringing frequencies with an asymptotically vanishing real part ${\ensuremath{\omega}}_{R}$ correspond to virtual quanta, and may thus be interpreted as forbidden quantum transitions. With this motivation, we calculate the quasinormal spectrum of neutrino fields in spherically symmetric black-hole spacetimes. It is shown that ${\ensuremath{\omega}}_{R}\ensuremath{\rightarrow}0$ for these resonances, suggesting that the corresponding fermionic transitions are quantum mechanically forbidden.

publication date

  • January 5, 2006