Integrability in conformally coupled gravity:

Taub-NUT spacetimes and rotating black holes

Yannis Bardoux, Marco M. Caldarelli and Christos Charmousis

 Laboratoire de Physique Théorique (LPT), Univ. Paris-Sud,

CNRS UMR 8627, F-91405 Orsay, France

 Mathematical Sciences and STAG research centre, University of Southampton,

Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

 Laboratoire de Mathématiques et Physique Théorique (LMPT), Univ. Tours,

UFR Sciences et Techniques,

Parc de Grandmont, F-37200 Tours, France,,


We consider four dimensional stationary and axially symmetric spacetimes for conformally coupled scalar-tensor theories. We show that, in analogy to the Lewis-Papapetrou problem in General Relativity (GR), the theory at hand can be recast in an analogous integrable form. We give the relevant rod formalism, introduced by Weyl for vacuum GR, explicitly giving the rod structure of the black hole of Bocharova et al. and Bekenstein (BBMB), in complete analogy to the Schwarzschild solution. The additional scalar field is shown to play the role of an extra Weyl potential. We then employ the Ernst method as a concrete solution generating example to obtain the Taub-NUT version of the BBMB hairy black hole, with or without a cosmological constant. We show that the anti-de Sitter hyperbolic version of this solution is free of closed timelike curves that plague usual Taub-NUT metrics, and thus consists of a rotating, asymptotically locally anti-de Sitter black hole. This stationary solution has no curvature singularities whatsoever in the conformal frame, and the NUT charge is shown here to regularize the central curvature singularity of the corresponding static black hole. Given our findings we discuss the anti-de Sitter hyperbolic version of Taub-NUT in four dimensions, and show that the curvature singularity of the NUT-less solution is now replaced by a neighboring chronological singularity screened by horizons. We argue that the properties of this rotating black hole are very similar to those of the rotating BTZ black hole in three dimensions.

1 Introduction

It is well known that solution generating techniques in General Relativity (GR) are very powerful, and seemingly difficult non-linear problems are often integrable (for a full discussion, see [KSMH] and references therein). Typically one starts by considering spacetimes with special geometrical properties, such as Petrov type D metrics [Plebanski:1976gy], and as a result most common black hole spacetimes are found to belong to this class. Or again one assumes the presence of symmetries in the shape of Killing vectors, such as in the case of Weyl static and axisymmetric spacetimes [Weyl:1917gp], finding nice analogies with ordinary Newtonian gravity (see [Dowker:2001dg] for a concise overview), leading to numerous multi-black hole solutions. Assuming then stationary rather than static spacetimes, one obtains Lewis-Papapetrou metrics [Papapetrou:1953zz] where numerous formalisms, such as that of Ernst [Ernst:1967wx], enable the generation of rotating metrics from static ones (e.g. Kerr from Schwarzschild).

Given a similar set of symmetries, an obvious question then is which of these solution-generating techniques can be generalized to higher dimensions and to more complex gravitating theories. This interest is manifest from recent advances in string gravity/holography and the need for a generic and concise way of obtaining solutions in the presence of a cosmological constant, with additional fields, and/or in higher dimensions. Furthermore, this interest is enhanced by four dimensional theories of gravity modification – like scalar-tensor theories – where exact solutions are in need in order to understand issues, such as no hair theorems, and to test them at strong gravity scales. Many of the above mentioned integrability properties are however tied to four dimensional gravity. Typically, Petrov type D metrics allow the inclusion of a cosmological constant, as was shown by the pioneering work of Carter [Carter:1968ks], or an electromagnetic field, but one still does not know, for example, the equivalent of the charged rotating solution of the Kerr-Newman black hole in higher dimensions111In such cases one has to resort to analytical perturbative methods, such as the blackfold approach [Emparan:2009cs], that allowed the construction of approximate, higher-dimensional Kerr-Newman solutions, at least in some regimes [Caldarelli:2010xz].. Furthermore, although some of the properties of the Weyl metrics survive in higher dimensions [Emparan:2001wk], it is found that the cosmological constant spoils the integrability properties of the Weyl and Papapetrou problems [Charmousis:2003wm, Charmousis:2006fx] by introducing a non-trivial curvature scale in the action. In fact, it is found that the inclusion of a curvature scale does not permit a universal coordinate system in which integration techniques are possible. In other words, although generic methods, such as that of Ernst, go through [Charmousis:2006fx], one has to adapt them each time to the solution sought, making therefore novel solutions difficult to find. A notable exception to this negative statement has been given recently by Astorino [Astorino:2012zm]. One can also develop powerful analytical approximation techniques such as the matched asymptotic expansion [Emparan:2007wm, Caldarelli:2008pz] and the aforementioned blackfold effective theory [Emparan:2009cs] in order to study the geometric and physical properties of black holes whose exact analytic form is unknown. In this article we will however restrict our attention to exact solutions of the field equations and to methods to generate them.

In practice, it turns out that the addition of massless matter fields enjoying some symmetry (possibly not shared by the full theory) sometimes provides better integrability properties than a simple cosmological constant, precisely because of the absence of an additional curvature scale. This is the case that we will study here, concerning four dimensional conformally coupled scalar-tensor theories. To be more precise, let us consider the following gravitational action,


where is the gravitational Newton constant, and we have included for later convenience the cosmological constant and a self-interaction quartic potential with arbitrary coupling . It is also useful to introduce the effective gravitational constant


The variation of the action (1) with respect to the metric gives


with the scalar field energy-momentum tensor


Variation with respect to the scalar field gives,


This latter equation is invariant under the conformal transformation [Bekenstein:1974sf]


where is a smooth and strictly positive function on . Moreover, given this conformal symmetry, the trace of the energy-momentum tensor vanishes, . As a result, the equation of motion for the scalar field (5) becomes


Taking and gives us a massless theory, for which we will examine the Lewis-Papapetrou problem. The more general case will then be analysed in a later section.

This massless scalar-tensor theory has interesting, non-trivial, and quite simple solutions, starting with the static BBMB solution [BBMB] found by Bocharova et al. and later rediscovered by Bekenstein [Bekenstein:1974sf], and its interesting extension with a cosmological constant – the MTZ black hole – constructed by Martinez et al. [Martinez:2002ru]. Since these pioneering works, extensions of these black holes have been found [Martinez:2005di, Charmousis:2009cm, Bardoux:2012tr] (see also [Astorino:2013xc, Astorino:2013sfa] for C-metric solutions), most impressively including the general Petrov type D metric found by Anabalon and Maeda [Anabalon:2009qt]. Scalar-tensor theories are in general an interesting laboratory of gravity modification and this particular theory, although not particularly phenomenologically oriented, gives non-trivial examples and has important integrability properties due to the conformal symmetry of the scalar. So, how far can we go within this theory? In this paper we will study the Lewis-Papapetrou system associated to the above action (1) for and . We will see that it is essentially an integrable problem, as it is in the case of GR, as long as the scalar is massless and we do not have a cosmological constant. As a concrete example, we will construct explicitly the Taub-NUT metric of this theory, and we will study its properties. It should be possible to recover it as a singular limit of the Petrov type D metrics found in [Anabalon:2009qt], but we will not explicitly discuss this limit here, for the solution will be found using the Ernst method. Using the insight gained from massless case, the solution is easily extended to the case of and . The presence of the cosmological constant regularizes the solution, giving a rotating black hole geometry. This is the first explicit example of a rotating black hole within this theory.

Taub-NUT spacetime has been described by Misner as the counterexample to almost everything in gravity [Misner:1965zz]. In its original form it is a vacuum solution to Einstein’s equations. A concise description of its most important properties is given in [Hawking:1973uf]. The solution was discovered by Taub in 1951 in its cosmological chart [Taub:1950ez], and extended by Newman, Tamburino and Unti in 1963 in its static region [Newman:1963yy]. The metric is usually written in the following form,


where is the NUT parameter. Due to the presence of the parameter , the solution is not asymptotically flat but also has no curvature singularity at . The solution has two Killing horizons given by the radial coordinates . In the region where the coordinate is spacelike, it was noted in [Taub:1950ez] that this solution describes a Big Bang at and a Big Crunch at , and that the spacelike slices have the topology of . The stationary, spacelike NUT regions contain unfortunately closed timelike curves (CTCs) as a consequence of the periodicity of , which is imposed in order to avoid Misner strings at , . The presence of CTCs generically discards the Lorentzian signature version of these metrics, and in general only the Euclidean signature solutions are studied, which can give nut and bolt instantons. The NUT parameter is associated to the notion of gravitational magnetic mass. In fact, sections of constant describe the geometry of a principal fibration over where the coordinate has the periodicity (see e.g. [Eguchi:1980jx]). The geometric cross-term in (8) is analogous to the potential of the electromagnetic field generated by a magnetic monopole (the Dirac monopole) of charge proportional to , up to a gauge transformation. Thus, there is a dictionary between this -bundle over and a magnetic monopole, introduced by Dirac in order to explain the quantization of electric charge [Dirac:1931kp]. In fact the periodicity imposed on the coordinate is analogous to the Dirac quantization condition of the electric charge. Moreover, we see that the potential cannot be globally defined: two patches have to be used to cover . These singularities of the potential at or are called Misner string singularities in the context of the Taub-NUT solution, and are analogous to the Dirac string singularities when we consider the field produced by a magnetic charge.

In the next section we shall discuss stationary and axisymmetric spacetimes, solutions of (1). As we shall see, we have complete integrability of the Lewis-Papapetrou system in the same sense as in GR. We will then explicit the Ernst method for this theory and give as a concrete example the construction of the NUT charged BBMB solution. Having done this it will be straightforward to add a cosmological constant, and Maxwell and axionic charges. We will show that the hyperbolic version of Taub-NUT-AdS with conformal scalar is actually a rotating black hole with a well defined horizon. Finally, in the concluding section we will discuss, in light of our findings, the simpler case of hyperbolic Taub-NUT-AdS metric and argue that it is a rotating black hyperboloid membrane in AdS. The black hole curvature singularity, present for , is replaced by a chronology violating region covered by inner and outer horizons, in a way that is reminiscent of the three-dimensional BTZ solution [Banados:1992gq].

2 Stationary and axisymmetric spacetimes

Consider stationary and axisymmetric metrics, solutions of the theory defined by the action (1) for and . This means that we are assuming the existence of two commuting Killing vectors and such that the former is asymptotically timelike, and the latter is spacelike and has closed orbits. It is natural to impose the same symmetries to the scalar field , that is , where denotes the Lie derivative with respect to the fields . In GR, all stationary and axisymmetric metrics can be written in the Lewis-Papapetrou form, see for example [Straumann:2004fk]. This can be extended to the case of a cosmological constant, but here, given that our metrics are not Einstein metrics, we are not ensured that the Frobenius conditions are still verified for the above gravitational action (1). We provide a proof of these conditions in appendix A. Consequently, using the relations (88), assuming , and skipping some details [Straumann:2004fk], we can introduce a coordinate system such that any stationary and axisymmetric solution of the theory (1) can be recast in the Lewis-Papapetrou form,


where , , , and the scalar field are functions of variables . When , the geometries are static and form the Weyl class of metrics. What is important for our solution-generating purposes is that the form of the field equations approaches that of the equivalent set-up in vacuum GR. Towards this aim, we define to be the sign of , carry out the following redefinitions of the metric functions,


and rewrite the scalar field in term of a function such that


With these redefinitions, the above metric becomes


We see that this metric is similar to the one of vacuum GR with the same symmetries – the well-known Lewis-Papapetrou form (see [Papapetrou:1953zz, Papapetrou:1966zz]) – but now we have an extra conformal factor in (12) which is simply the dimensionless effective gravitational constant . Indeed, introducing complex coordinates and , the equations of motion (3)-(5) can be rewritten as the following system of coupled differential equations:


Note that equation (16) can be deduced from the others.

The important result here is the structure of the field equations in that they are quasi-identical to those governing a pure Einstein geometry in standard Lewis-Papapetrou form [Papapetrou:1953zz, Papapetrou:1966zz]. The only difference emanates from the presence of the field encoding the additional scalar in the action.

First, note that is again a harmonic function and can be set to without any loss of generality. Then we have a coupled system of equations for the pair , which can be treated in numerous ways (see for example [KSMH] and the multitude of references within). Once determined, these fields can be substituted in the non-linear equations (18) governing . Here, the only difference with the vacuum case is the extra linear equation (17) that determines . This equation is also of the Weyl form (15) (in absence of the term), and the resulting field sources the equations for . In other words, the field equations originating from the action (1) consist – for the given symmetries – are closely related to corresponding Lewis-Papapetrou equations of ordinary GR, as described in [KSMH]. Following Astorino [Astorino:2013xc], one could have chosen to work in the minimal frame and conformally transform for each solution. Here instead, we give the Lewis-Papapetrou form directly in the frame of interest, allowing to construct directly novel solutions using standard GR methods such as those of Ernst or Papapetrou. As we shall see, this has the advantage of preserving some of the GR intuition concerning the relevant sources to use. For a full list of solution generating methods that can be applied to the problem one can consult [KSMH]. Our starting point will be to treat the simpler seed solutions first in their Weyl form, and then to seek the stationary solutions.

Towards this end we now look into the simpler sub-case of a static and axisymmetric spacetime, which is equivalent to putting in (12) and in the field equations (13)-(18). We choose by virtue of (13) and it follows that (15) and (17) are two Laplace equations written in cylindrical coordinates,


In GR, only the Weyl potential is present. Here, we have two Weyl potentials, similarly to what happens in higher dimensional spacetimes [Emparan:2001wk]. Furthermore, these equations are linear, and the Weyl potentials can therefore be superposed. Once and are determined, they can be substituted into (18) to determine the function which encodes the non-linearity of Einstein’s equations. The Weyl problem is an integrable problem in GR and we thus have shown that this property is also true for the theory (1). There are several ways to proceed in order to find solutions [KSMH]; here, we simply outline Weyl’s original method, that makes a nice parallel to Newtonian gravity in the spatial dimensions.

We can interpret the function as a solution of Poisson’s equation, , with a source term which represents some Newtonian source on the axis of symmetry of the cylindrical space. It turns out that the presence of an event horizon corresponds to taking a localized linear mass distribution – a rod – located on the axis . The gravitational potential takes the standard form


In particular, if we consider a uniform rod on the axis, stretched between and in cylindrical coordinates, and with density per length unit, we find


This is the standard procedure by which a massive rod is shown to correspond to the Schwarzschild solution in GR. Note that the field , representing the scalar field, solves a similar Poisson equation, with its source again localized on the axis of symmetry.

2.1 Rod structure and the BBMB solution

As mentioned in the introduction, a notable solution to the equations of motion (3)-(5) is the BBMB solution [BBMB, Bekenstein:1974sf]. It is a static and spherically symmetric configuration, given by the metric


and the following scalar field,


This solution is in many ways special. It is a black hole dressed with a non trivial massless scalar field and secondary hair (note the presence of only one integration constant ). It has a well defined geometry, identical to that of the extremal Reissner-Nordström black hole: the effect of the conformally coupled scalar field on the geometry is indeed to shape it in a similar way to an electric charge at extremality. The scalar field however, unlike the electric field, explodes at the location of the event horizon (see [Bekenstein:1975ts] for a discussion on the properties of this solution). Scalar-tensor theories admitting other than ordinary GR solutions are rather rare. This is what makes this black hole so special, and motivates the detailed study of the conformally coupled theory in question, defined by the action (1). The rod structure of the BBMB solution bears an interesting analogy with ordinary GR. This is manifest if we recast its metric (22) in the form (12). For definiteness, let us restrict to the region, where . To this end, we first trade the radial coordinate for an auxiliary coordinate , and then we switch to cylindrical coordinates throught the coordinate transformation


As a result, the BBMB metric becomes of the form (12) with




Comparing with (21), we see that and are solutions of the Laplace equation with a source located at between and with a density and respectively.

We can specify that these distributions are placed at in the original coordinates used in (22) and (23). On the other hand, when , where , we set . Note that Weyl coordinates require two differing patches of the same radial coordinate (22). Apart from this fact we find the same rod structure as before summed up in figure 1. Concerning the function , we verify in both cases that for any and according to (26), that there is no conical singularity on the axis.

We can point out that all spherically symmetric and static solutions of (1), given in [Barcelo:1999hq] and parametrized by three constants , can be generated using this rod structure with the following densities and and the same lengths (see [Bardoux:2012nx] for the details). The third parameter , is a constant that we can always add to the Weyl potential in addition to the logarithmic term associated to the rod while keeping the same asymptotic properties. In complete analogy to GR, the C-metric version of the BBMB solution [Charmousis:2009cm, Anabalon:2009qt] can be obtained by adding a semi-infinite -rod of density to the previous rod structure of the BBMB solution (see fig. 1).

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Figure 1: Rod structure of the BBMB solution

2.2 The Ernst method

So much for the Weyl formalism. When treating the full stationary and axisymmetric problem (13)-(18) one can make use of a very elegant method developed by Ernst, [Ernst:1967wx] which turns the coupled PDE’s (14)-(15) for the fields into a single PDE of a complex variable. Here, the form of (14)-(15) is identical to the one in pure GR so we can just iterate the method, by introducing an auxiliary field such that


Then the complex function , called the Ernst potential, verifies the Ernst equation


where is the gradient in the euclidean - plane. The real and imaginary parts of this equation correspond to (15) and (14) respectively. Redefining the Ernst potential with a new complex function so that


equation (28) takes the form [Ernst:1967wx]


This equation enjoys a invariance: if is a solution, is also a solution, for any real . According to (13), we adopt henceforth the choice . It is then useful to introduce prolate spheroidal coordinates defined by


where and are dimensionless coordinates, and is a constant with the dimension of length. In particular, we get


Knowing , we can infer the real and imaginary parts of the Ernst potentials , and determine the function using


and finally deduce the function with




Summarizing, given the potentials , we have shown that following step by step Ernst’s original method, we can determine completely a stationary and axisymmetric solution of (1). A treatment of this problem in vacuum, higher dimensional GR can be found for example in [Harmark:2005vn]. The Ernst equation in presence of a cosmological constant was studied in [Charmousis:2006fx, Astorino:2012zm], and used to construct a Melvin solution with a cosmological constant [Astorino:2012zm].

2.3 Example: including Taub-NUT charge

As a concrete example of the above method, we now construct the Taub-NUT extension of the BBMB solution. A similar construction is given for GR in [reina1975nut] where one starts from Schwarzschild as the Ernst potential for the seed solution (see also [gautreau1972generating] for a construction based on the Papapetrou method). Here our seed solution is quite naturally BBMB, for which . According to (24) and (31), we transform to prolate spheroidal coordinates for the BBMB solution by setting and . In particular, the seed Ernst potential, which is real since the solution is static, is given by


by virtue of (25). As a result, defined in (29) is . Then, according to (30), is also a solution of (30) and the resulting complex Ernst potential reads,


In turn, equations (33) give,


As for the field representing the scalar field, we have a choice. One can keep the same Weyl potential as for BBMB (see figure 1) or, again, take something more general. It turns out that keeping the same scalar field as for the BBMB solution, that is


is the relevant choice. This evades extra singularities since (34) and (35) give


and this is the same field as the one for the BBMB solution since it is independent of the phase . In coordinates, we obtain,




Finally, shifting , introducing the NUT parameter , and redefining the mass parameter through , we recast the solution into a more familiar form,


Quite naturally, the BBMB solution is recovered when the NUT parameter vanishes. Furthermore, as for BBMB, the metric geometry of (44) is identical to that of the extremal charged Taub-NUT solution first found in [Brill:1964fk]. The Taub region of the metric, which is the non-stationary, timelike region situated in between the inner and outer horizons of the bald metric, is now absent given the extremal nature of the horizon. The solution is only locally asymptotically flat as asymptotic infinity is deformed by the NUT charge. In fact, although the Riemann curvature decays at asymptotic infinity at the same rate as in the Schwarzschild solution or BBMB, the Taub-NUT version is not a solution of a Newtonian deformation about flat spacetime [misner1963flatter]. The scalar field explodes at the horizon location as for the BMBB metric. Despite this singularity the metric (44) is regular for all . In fact, is not even a singular point for the metric! The main pathology of Taub-NUT solutions is the presence of the Misner string either at or rendering the 1-form ill-defined at either of these points. In order to get rid of the North pole singularity at , we can define a new time coordinate . For the south pole at we take . Given the periodicity of by we now have to identify and modulo . Hence, the only way out is to impose periodicity of the time coordinate by . The resulting one form in is well defined but the price to pay are CTCs in the Lorentzian metric222Note that hypersufaces orthogonal to are space like only for sufficiently small . In other words the causality inconsistencies of Lorentzian Taub NUT are not only a result of imposing time periodicity [misner1963flatter], they are there in the metric element from the start. (45). We are therefore led to consider as usual the regularity of the euclidean metric. For that, set and on (44)-(45)


As before, to have no Misner string, the periodicity of is fixed at the value . But now is just parametrising the circle which is fibered over the 2-sphere of coordinates and . Following the classification of gravitational instantons given in [Gibbons:1979xm] we now have a curvature singularity at and hence no nut solutions can be defined unless . This is the case where the scalar field is set to zero and in fact we go back to the Ricci flat nut instanton. When the singularity at is never reached since space closes off smoothly at due to the extremal nature of the Lorentzian horizon. In this case the isometry generated by the Killing vector has a two-dimensional fixed point set, a bolt, as does Euclidean Schwarzschild, given by . The fixed point, , set are the 2-spheres. Finally, due to the extremal nature of the horizon there is no conical singularity (once the periodicity of is imposed). We therefore have a regular metric as long as . The solution is continuously related to the Ricci flat nut solution at . In the presence of NUT charge therefore the transition in between the BBMB and Schwarzschild family is smooth. The scalar explodes at but we can remedy this including a cosmological constant. This is what we will consider next.

3 Including matter and a cosmological constant

We now turn on the cosmological constant and the self-interaction potential in . We will also add in turn, the electromagnetic (EM) interaction,


and an axionic interaction,


We add here two exact three-forms , , originating from two Kalb-Ramond potentials such that . Although the EM interaction is minimally coupled in four dimensions for the conformal frame the axions are non-minimally coupled to the scalar field . It is perhaps more illuminating to write this action with a minimal coupling for the scalar field. Performing the following conformal transformation,


and a redefinition for the scalar field , the full action (49) becomes


where the scalar potential is given by


Let us turn now to the equations of motion in the conformally coupled frame. Variation of the full action (1), (48) and (49) with respect to the metric gives


Then varying with respect to , and , we obtain


respectively. An important property of the field equations stemming from the conformal coupling is the following: taking the trace of the metric equations (53) and replacing it in the equation of motion for the scalar field (54) gives


This is precisely the equation of motion (7) which emanates from the theory (49) in the absence of matter fields. Hence we can try to find a solution related to a hairy solution of the non-axionic theory. Finally, given the equation of motion for the axionic fields, it will be useful to introduce pseudo-scalar fields which are dual to the axionic fields in the following sense


We expect that the presence of the cosmological constant will permit to hide the divergence of the scalar field [Martinez:2005di]. Let us first switch off the axionic fields for the solutions are completely different in nature for the latter case.

3.1 Rotating black holes with a cosmological constant

In this section we consider (1) including a cosmological constant and an EM-field (48). Given the Taub-NUT-BBMB construction (44)-(45), it is not difficult to guess the solution including the additional terms. The equations of motion (3)-(5) admit the following solution,






The scalar field and the electromagnetic potential read




respectively. Thus to get a real scalar field and it is interesting to note that the Faraday field carries both an electric and a magnetic component. Finally, the integration constants satisfy the following constraint


For a vanishing NUT parameter, and for we recover the topological black hole solutions of [Martinez:2005di]. Secondly, when and go to zero so that tends to the value , we obtain the Taub-NUT-BBMB solution (44)-(45) for .

In order for the metric to be regular we need to evade the Misner strings whenever these are present. For spherical sections, , these are unavoidable given the presence of non zero NUT charge. As a result CTCs will appear in the periodic orbits of time just like for usual NUT spacetime. One can consider a Euclidean signature metric as in the previous section. When however, the -fibration on the plane is trivial and thus no Misner strings are present [Chamblin:1998pz]. For however, we now note that for large enough and the Killing vector becomes time like. Given that is periodic this means that we have closed timelike curves for and large enough and . The situation is similar to the one encountered in Gödel spacetime, [Hawking:1973uf]. For (and ), the nature of the solution completely changes, for then, is actually everywhere timelike and the solution is of cosmological nature, homogeneous and non-isotropic. The coordinate sweeps the whole real line and the solution is completely free of coordinate or curvature singularities. The scalar field explodes at . At large spacetime locally asymptotes de-Sitter. We are thus in the Taub region of Taub-NUT, although this region is now covering the whole of spacetime. It is the hyperbolic case that gives the most interesting geometry, a rotating black hole solution. Indeed Misner strings are not present and then it is easy to note, defining first that for all and as long as . Therefore there are no CTCs whatsoever. This, to our knowledge, is a novel property for Taub NUT metrics and is obtained due to the presence of the conformally coupled scalar field. This spacetime geometry is very peculiar and interesting for the radial coordinate can be “extended” to range from to starting and ending at a hyperbolic slicing of AdS. In this way the metric has up to four Killing horizons, but no spacetime singularity whatsoever! I As a result we can take without any loss of generality. The up to four Killing horizons are located at the zero’s of and for ,


according to the values of , et . The metric has no other singular points whatsoever. The case of is a black hole and has been studied in [Martinez:2005di]. Note that the solution presented here is, for regularizing the BBMB solution which has a spacetime curvature singularity at . We have thus a rotating solution which at the price of changing the asymptotic structure regularizes its static counterpart metric. As often the Taub NUT family of metrics presents a counterexample to our usual intuitive understanding of black hole solutions. In fact, we use the term black hole since there is a singularity in the scalar field at . We have that . Hence in order for the scalar singularity to be hidden we need to be in the relevant positive spacetime region, which is verified for . We have noted as the case saturating the above bound. It is maybe more relevant from the point of view of singularity theorems to study this metric in the Einstein frame333Given that our solution does not couple to matter the choice of physical frame can be in either of frames.. If we make a conformal transformation to the Einstein frame,(50), there is a genuine curvature singularity where the conformal transformation is singular444For a discussion see for example [Bardoux:2012tr] and note also the change of sign in the the effective Newton’s constant(2), , where we note for convenience . In this case in order for we must have,


which in the Einstein frame guarantees a black hole. For hyperbolic sections, but we have a similar cosmological metric as for the planar case with . The maximal NUT charge is attained when . Given the constraint (63) the electromagnetic field vanishes but not the scalar field which is again singular at . The spacetime geometry is that of de-Sitter and anti de-Sitter for the relevant sign of .

3.2 Bald and hairy solutions with axionic fields

We now switch on the axionic fields (49). Let us start by presenting the bald solution, that is with a vanishing scalar field, . For a negative cosmological constant, , the theory (49) admits the following solution,


with lapse function


and the following electromagnetic potential


For , we notice that the lapse function is identical to the Taub-NUT AdS-Reissner-Nordström solution with a hyperbolic base manifold [Chamblin:1998pz]. Here, however, we have a flat horizon induced by the presence of two homogeneously distributed 3-forms . These axionic fields are generated by the following scalar fields, defined in (57),


To construct explicitly the corresponding axionic fields, we use (57) to obtain,




First, for , we get the Taub-NUT Reissner-Nordström solution with a flat base manifold briefly discussed in the euclidean time in [Chamblin:1998pz] without the electromagnetic interaction. Secondly, for , this solution is the axionic planar charged black hole of [Bardoux:2012aw]. Turning on the parameter makes the metric non-static, and the resulting black hole rotates on the plane of its horizon. Indeed the fibration is trivial and consequently there is no Misner string singularities. There is no period associated to the coordinate time . However, it is easy to note that using polar coordinates defined by that the norm changes sign for large enough and . This means that we will always have closed timelike curves for in the periodic orbits. In fact these CTCs can appear arbitrarily close to the outer horizon for large enough radial horizon coordinate . In fact for any constant once we have CTCs in constant orbits of . Hence these metrics are pathological.

The hairy version is not far better. For a negative cosmological constant, , we have,




and the following electromagnetic potential and scalar field


respectively. Using polar coordinates defined by , we notice that for the metric is that of the charged Taub-NUT-BBMB solution (58)-(59) with a hyperbolic base manifold corresponding to in (60) but here we have a flat horizon induced by the presence of two homogeneously distributed 3-forms as usual. These axionic fields are generated by the following scalar fields, defined in (57),


and as derived in the previous subsection, it is straightforward to show that the axionic fields take the following form