Self-similar cosmological solutions with dark energy. II:
black holes, naked singularities and wormholes
We use a combination of numerical and analytical methods, exploiting the equations derived in a preceding paper, to classify all spherically symmetric self-similar solutions which are asymptotically Friedmann at large distances and contain a perfect fluid with equation of state with . The expansion of the Friedmann universe is accelerated in this case. We find a one-parameter family of self-similar solutions representing a black hole embedded in a Friedmann background. This suggests that, in contrast to the positive pressure case, black holes in a universe with dark energy can grow as fast as the Hubble horizon if they are not too large. There are also self-similar solutions which contain a central naked singularity with negative mass and solutions which represent a Friedmann universe connected to either another Friedmann universe or some other cosmological model. The latter are interpreted as self-similar cosmological white hole or wormhole solutions. The throats of these wormholes are defined as two-dimensional spheres with minimal area on a spacelike hypersurface and they are all non-traversable because of the absence of a past null infinity.
pacs:04.70.Bw, 95.36.+x, 97.60.Lf, 04.40.Nr, 04.25.Dm
The study of black holes in stationary and asymptotically flat spacetimes has led to many remarkable insights, such as the “no hair” theorem and the discovery of the thermodynamic properties of black holes. In contrast, black holes in a Friedmann background have not been fully investigated and many important open questions remain. When the size of the black hole is much smaller than the cosmological horizon, asymptotically flat black hole solutions will presumably provide a good approximation. However, for black holes comparable to the horizon size – such as primordial black holes (PBHs) formed in the early universe hawking1971 () – one would need to take into account the effects of the cosmological expansion.
The main issue addressed in this paper is the growth of such “cosmological” black holes. Zel’dovich and Novikov zn1967 () first discussed the possibility of self-similar growth for a black hole in a Friedmann universe in 1967. This suggested that the size of a PBH might always be the same fraction of the size of the particle horizon until the end of the radiation-dominated era, when they would have a mass of order . Since there is no evidence that such huge black holes exist, this seemed to imply that PBHs never formed at all. More recently, the possibility of self-similar PBH growth in the quintessence scenario has led to the suggestion that PBHs could provide seeds for the supermassive black holes thought to reside in galactic nuclei bm2002 (). However, both these arguments are based on a simple Newtonian analysis.
The first general relativistic analyses of self-similar cosmological black holes was given by Carr and Hawking ch1974 () for a radiation fluid in 1974. They showed that there is no self-similar solution which contains a black hole attached to an exact Friedmann background via a sonic point (i.e. in which the black hole forms by purely causal processes). This result was extended to the perfect fluid case with and by Carr carr1976 () and Bicknell and Henriksen bh1978a (). For a stiff fluid (), it was originally claimed by Lin et al. lcf1976 () that self-similar cosmological black holes could exist. However, Bicknell and Henriksen bh1978b () subsequently showed that this solution does not represent a black hole after all, since Lin et al. had misidentified the event horizon. Although Bicknell and Henriksen did construct some numerical self-similar solutions, in these the stiff fluid turns into null dust at a timelike hypersurface, which seems physically implausible. Indeed, we have recently proved rigorously the non-existence of self-similar cosmological black holes for both a stiff fluid and a scalar field hmc2006 ().
In the present paper, we focus on fluids with . Although this equation of state violates the strong energy conditions, it may still be very relevant for cosmology – both in the early universe (when inflation occurred linde ()) and at the current epoch (when the acceleration may be driven by some form of dark energy supernova ()). Such matter exhibits “anti-gravity” – in the sense that the active gravitational mass in the Raychaudhuri equation is negative – but the dominant, null and weak energy conditions still hold. Recently, the accretion of dark energy or a phantom field onto a black hole has also been studied bde2004 (); bde2005 (), but the cosmological expansion is again neglected in these analyses.
The case is particularly important in the cosmological context because there then exists a one-parameter family of self-similar solutions which are exactly asymptotic to the flat Friedmann model at large distances nusser2006 (). In the positive pressure case, the solutions cannot be “properly” asymptotic Friedmann because they exhibit a solid angle deficit at infinity, so it would be more accurate to describe them by “quasi-Friedmann” mkm2002 (). In the present paper, we obtain a one-parameter family of physically reasonable self-similar cosmological black hole solutions numerically. This strongly suggests that a black hole in a universe filled with dark energy can grow in a self-similar manner. In ref. nusser2006 (), this system was also numerically investigated but no black hole solution was reported. This is because one needs to consider the analytic extension of the solutions to find the black holes and this was not done in ref. nusser2006 ().
We also find that there exists a class of self-similar cosmological wormhole solutions. A wormhole is an object connecting two (or more) infinities. Einstein’s equations certainly permit such solutions. For example, the well-known static wormhole studied by Morris and Thorne mt1988 () connects two asymptotically flat spacetimes. Although the concept of a wormhole is originally topological and global, it is possible to define it locally by a two-dimensional surface of minimal area on a non-timelike hypersurface. However, in any local definition, we inevitably face the problem of time-slicing, because the concept of “minimal area” is slice-dependent.
Hochberg and Visser hv1997 () and Hayward hayward1999 () define a wormhole throat on a null hypersurface, in which case, a light ray can travel from one infinity to another infinity. Their definition excludes the maximally extended Schwarzschild spacetime from the family of wormhole spacetimes. It also implies that in the non-static situation the null energy condition ( for the present matter model) must be violated at the wormhole throat, so the existence of wormholes might seem implausible visser (); hv1997 (); hayward1999 (). However, their definition of a wormhole is physically reasonable only in the presence of a past null infinity, and in the cosmological situation this often does not apply because there is a big-bang singularity. Thus, wormholes in their sense may be too restrictive in the cosmological context.
This motivates us to define a wormhole throat on a spacelike hypersurface. Here we adopt the conventional definition of traversability in which an observer can go from one infinity to another distinct infinity. Our numerical solutions are not wormholes in the sense of Hochberg and Visser hv1997 () or Hayward hayward1999 () but they are wormholes in the sense that they connect two infinities. Also, although dark energy violates the strong energy condition, the null energy condition is still satisfied in our wormhole solutions. Numerical solutions containing a super-horizon-size black hole in a Friedmann universe filled with a massless scalar field provide another interesting example of this sort of wormhole hc2005c (). These involve a wormhole structure with two distinct null infinities, where all possible energy conditions are satisfied.
We find that there are three types of cosmological self-similar wormhole solutions. The first connects two Friedmann universes, the second a Friedmann and quasi-Friedmann universe, the third a Friedmann universe and a quasi-static spacelike infinity. In fact, solutions of the third type are naturally interpreted as a Friedmann universe emergent from a white hole. In order to obtain these results, we utilize the formulation and asymptotic analyses presented in the accompanying paper hmc1 () (henceforth Paper I). The combination of these two papers completes the classification of asymptotically Friedmann spherically symmetric self-similar solutions with dark energy.
The plan of this paper is as follows. In Section II, we present the basic variables and describe the numerical results. (Paper I provides the detailed formulation and field equations.) In Section III, we classify the self-similar solutions in terms of their physical properties. Section IV provides a summary and discussion.
Ii Numerical Results
We consider a spherically symmetric self-similar spacetime with a perfect fluid and adopt comoving coordinates. The line element can be written as
where is the self-similar variable, is the areal radius, and we adopt units with . The Einstein equations imply that the pressure , energy density and the Misner-Sharp mass must have the form
We assume an equation of state with . A crucial role is played by the velocity function , which is the velocity of the fluid relative to the similarity surface of constant . A similarity surface is spacelike for , timelike for , and null for . In the last case, the surface is called a “similarity horizon”. We also use trapping horizon notation for describing the physical properties of solutions. (See refs. hayward1994 (); hayward1996 () for the definition of a trapping horizon.)
The basic field equations are derived from the Einstein equations. Because of the self-similarity, they reduce to a set of three ordinary differential equations (ODEs) for , and , together with a constraint equation. (This is discussed in Paper I and also ref. cc2000a ()). Another formulation of the field equations, involving a set of three ODEs for , and together with a constraint equation, is given in ref. hm2001 ().
We numerically evolve the ODEs given by Eqs. (2.27) and (2.28) in Paper I (henceforth referred to as (I.2.27) and (I.2.28)) from small positive (which corresponds to large physical distance). We use asymptotically Friedmann solutions in the form given by Eqs. (I.4.1) and (I.4.2), where Eqs. (I.4.13) and (I.4.14) specify the form of the perturbations. We set the gauge constants and in Eqs. (I.3.5) and (I.3.6) to be for the Friedmann solution and this determines the gauge constants and through Eqs. (I.3.11) and (I.3.12). A single free parameter then characterizes these solutions. represents the deviation of the energy density from that of the Friedmann universe at spatial infinity, with positive (negative) corresponding to an overdensity (underdensity) there. We assume as a typical example and numerically integrate the ODEs using the constraint equation (I.2.31) or (I.2.32) to monitor the numerical accuracy.
As shown in Paper I, some of the solutions admit an extension beyond (which corresponds to a finite non-zero physical distance). To assure this, we choose suitable dependent variables and then expand these as Taylor series with respect to a new independent variable around . Paper I specifies the variables which satisfy this requirement for asymptotically quasi-Kantowski-Sachs and quasi-static solutions. This is our key technique for obtaining the extension of the solution while retaining good numerical accuracy. In order to display the solutions, we plot on the horizontal axis. The slightly different set of equations used by Harada and Maeda hm2001 () are equivalent to those given in Paper I. In fact, we have constructed numerical codes to evolve both sets of ODEs independently and find excellent agreement. Our numerical accuracy is checked by the constraint equation, which is always satisfied to within a factor of .
We show the numerical solutions in Figs. 1–5. Although we have used many other values for the parameter , we only show the results for , , , , , , , 0, 0.01 and 0.02. corresponds to the exact Friedmann solution.
Figure 1 shows the velocity function . The thick line corresponds to the exact Friedmann solution and this has one similarity horizon. The solutions with positive also have one similarity horizon (where ) and encounter curvature singularities with negative mass at finite positive , with converging to from below. The solutions with have two similarity horizons and encounter curvature singularities with positive mass at finite negative , with converging to from above. The solutions with also have two similarity horizons. However, of these only the solution with converges to the asymptotically Friedmann solution as ; the other solutions are asymptotically quasi-Friedmann. The solutions with encounter curvature singularities with positive mass at finite negative , with converging to from above. The number of similarity horizons depends on the value of : there are zero, one and two similarity horizons for , and , respectively.
Figure 2 shows the functions and . The thick line corresponds to the exact Friedmann solution () and has a big-bang singularity as and . diverges at finite positive for solutions with positive , corresponding to the negative-mass curvature singularities seen above. It also diverges at finite negative for solutions with , corresponding to the positive-mass singularities. The solutions with have no singularity in ; instead they converge to as , corresponding to the asymptotically quasi-Friedmann solutions.
Figure 3 shows the functions and . Note that decreasing (increasing) as a function of means that the spacetime is expanding (collapsing). The thick line corresponds to the exact Friedmann solution. The curvature singularity at finite non-zero in the solution with is a central singularity. There exists a collapsing region near this curvature singularity in the solution with . By contrast, there exists a single local minimum in the profile of for the solution with and this corresponds to a wormhole throat. The solution with has two different spacelike infinities at and , where diverges to . The solution with also has two different spacelike infinities at and . In the latter class, diverges but is finite, so the solution extends into the negative (negative ) region, where is negative for positive .
Figure 4 shows the functions and . The thick line corresponds to the exact Friedmann solution. We can see that the curvature singularity at finite non-zero in the solutions with or has positive mass, while that in the solution with positive has negative mass. Note that is negative for positive in the solutions with , since negative corresponds to negative .
Figure 5 shows the function . Note that and correspond to the trapped and untrapped regions, respectively, and in the collapsing (expanding) region corresponds to a future (past) trapping horizon. The thick line corresponds to the exact Friedmann solution; this has a single past trapping horizon, corresponding to a cosmological trapping horizon. The solutions with positive also have a single past trapping horizon. Those with have no trapping horizon and the spacetime is trapped everywhere. Those with have one past trapping horizon and one future trapping horizon. The latter corresponds to a black hole trapping horizon.
From these numerical results, we classify asymptotically Friedmann solutions as into six classes: (a) the flat Friedmann universe (); (b) a cosmological naked singularity (); (c) a cosmological black hole (); (d) a Friedmann-quasi-Friedmann wormhole ( with ); (e) a Friedmann-Friedmann wormhole (); and (f) a cosmological white hole (). For the present choice of gauge constants, , and .
The solutions in class (b) describe a negative mass naked singularity in a Friedmann universe. Those in class (c) describe a positive mass black hole in a Friedmann universe. Those in class (d) contain a wormhole throat connecting a Friedmann universe and a quasi-Friedmann universe. Class (e) has only one solution and this contains a wormhole throat connecting two Friedmann universes. The solutions in class (f) describe a positive mass white hole in a Friedmann universe which contains a wormhole throat connecting a Friedmann universe and a quasi-static spacelike infinity.
The exact flat Friedmann solution, the only solution of class (a), is located at the threshold between classes (b) and (c), while we could not resolve the threshold solution between classes (d) and (f). The solution of class (e) is obtained by fine-tuning the parameter . We investigate their properties and physically interpret them in the next section.
Iii Physical Interpretation
iii.1 Exact flat Friedmann universe
The solution with is the exact flat Friedmann model. The limit corresponds to the physical center at constant or to the big-bang singularity at constant . The conformal diagram of this spacetime and the - plane of the solution are shown in Figs. 6 and 7, respectively. There is a similarity horizon at , where , corresponding to the cosmological event horizon and the initial singularity is null.
iii.2 Cosmological naked singularity
The solutions with represent asymptotically negative-mass singularities as (). From Fig. 3, we see that everywhere and also (i.e. the spacetime is expanding), where a comma denotes a partial derivative. Figures 1 and 5 show that there is a cosmological event horizon and a cosmological trapping horizon. Near the singularity, approaches 1 from below according to Eq. (I.4.60) with negative . Figures 4 and 5 show that the singularity has negative mass and is in the untrapped region. This solution describes a naked singularity embedded in a Friedmann background. The conformal diagram of the spacetime and the - plane of the solution are shown in Figs. 8 and 9, respectively. There is a similarity horizon at and this corresponds to the cosmological event horizon.
iii.3 Cosmological black hole
The solutions with () are asymptotically quasi-Kantowski-Sachs as and asymptotically positive-mass singular as (). Because the solutions are asymptotically quasi-Kantowski-Sachs as , they can be extended analytically into the region with negative . Since the Kantowski-Sachs solution has a curvature singularity at , the analytic extension in this case must be interpreted as an extension from the positive to negative region. In the extended region, and are negative but the areal radius and mass are positive because is negative.
From Fig. 3, we find that holds everywhere and there exists a collapsing region (with ) near the singularity. It is seen in Fig. 5 that there are two trapping horizons, one in the expanding region and the other in the collapsing region. These are the cosmological and black hole trapping horizons, respectively. Figure 10 shows that the trapping horizon is degenerate for the critical value . Figures 1 or 10 show that there is both a cosmological and black hole event horizons. For and , we see that the black hole and cosmological event horizons are in the untrapped and trapped regions, respectively. Near the singularity, approaches 1 from above according to Eq. (I.4.60) with positive . Figures 4 and 5 show that the singularity has positive mass and is in the trapped region.
The forms of for the various horizons are plotted as functions of the parameter in Fig. 11. The ratio of the black hole event horizon size to the cosmological event horizon size goes from to , while the ratio of the black hole event horizon size to the background Hubble horizon size goes from 0 to 0.70. On the other hand, the ratio of the cosmological trapping horizon size to the black hole trapping horizon size goes from to roughly .
This solution describes a black hole in a Friedmann background. Figures 12 and 13 show the conformal diagram and - plane for the cosmological black hole solution. We can see that the initial singularity is null and that there exists both a null and spacelike portion of the black hole singularity. There are two similarity horizons at and . These correspond to the cosmological and black hole event horizons, respectively.
iii.4 Friedmann-quasi-Friedmann wormhole
The solutions with () are also asymptotically quasi-Kantowski-Sachs as and the form of these solutions in the extended region can again be obtained numerically. Figure 14 shows that and constant as . In the asymptotically Friedmann case () the constant is . Otherwise the solutions are asymptotically quasi-Friedmann as and the constant is different from .
From the profile of in Fig. 3, we see that a solution in this class has a single throat at , characterized by and for , i.e. the areal radius has a minimum on the spacelike hypersurface with constant . As a result, the spacetime represents a dynamical wormhole with a throat connecting a Friedmann universe to another Friedmann or quasi-Friedmann universe. With , the solution has reflection symmetry, so the wormhole throat connects two exact Friedmann universes and is located at . Fine-tuning of is required because the asymptotically Friedmann solution given by Eqs. (I.4.13) and (I.4.14) is non-generic among the solutions of the linearized equations for , , and in the region where (see Paper I).
This wormhole universe is born from the initial singularity at , around which the spacetime for fixed is described by the quasi-Kantowski-Sachs solution. The profile of in Fig. 3 shows that the spacetime is expanding everywhere and Fig. 4 shows that it has positive mass. From Figs. 1 and 5, there are two similarity horizons, corresponding to two cosmological event horizons, but there is no trapping horizon.
Figures 15 and 16 show the conformal diagram and - plane for the Friedmann-quasi-Friedmann wormhole solution. We can see that the initial singularity is null and that there are two parts of future null infinity, both being spacelike and having Friedmann and quasi-Friedmann asymptotics. There are two similarity horizons at and , both corresponding to cosmological event horizons. Figure 5 shows that the spacetime is trapped everywhere, so there is no trapping horizon. This explicit example shows that the wormhole definitions of Hochberg and Visser hv1997 () or Hayward hayward1999 () are too restrictive.
iii.5 Cosmological white hole
The solutions with are asymptotically quasi-static as , so that converges to a constant there (see Fig. 3). We can therefore extend them analytically into the negative region, which corresponds to negative .
The variables and can be used to obtain the solutions in the extended region because they are finite in the asymptotically quasi-static solutions at . In the extended region, and are negative but the areal radius and mass are positive because is negative.
The profile of in Fig. 3 shows that its minimum value corresponds to a throat connecting a flat Friedmann infinity and a quasi-static infinity, so this describes a dynamical wormhole. The spacetime is expanding everywhere and has positive mass from Fig. 4. Figure 5 shows that it is trapped everywhere, so there is no trapping horizon.
As seen in Figs. 2 and 3, there is a central curvature singularity at in the negative region and the mass is positive there from Fig. 4. This corresponds to the singular positive-mass asymptote discussed in Paper I. Near the singularity, is approximated by Eq. (I.4.60) with positive and approaches from Fig. 1. The singularity is spacelike because of the positive mass and resembles a Schwarzschild white hole singularity (although there is no trapping horizon). This singularity is non-simultaneous, so it differs from the big-bang singularity. On the other hand, the singularity at with is massless and does correspond to the big-bang singularity. The solution describes a white hole in the Friedmann universe.
As seen in Fig. 1, the solutions can be classified into three types, according to whether they have no similarity horizon (), one degenerate similarity horizon () or two non-degenerate similarity horizons (), where . The degenerate case is obtained by fine-tuning .
Figures 17 and 18 show the conformal diagram and - plane for these three types of Friedmann-quasi-static wormhole solutions. In the case with similarity horizon(s), the singularity has both spacelike and null portions, which correspond to the white hole and initial singularities, respectively, and there are two parts of future null infinity. One is spacelike and described by the Friedmann asymptote and the other is null. In the case with no similarity horizon, the singularity and future null infinity are both spacelike.
In closing this section, a comment should be made about what is meant by the term “wormhole”. It is sometimes assumed that wormholes require negative energy density and there are certainly theorems to this effect visser (); hv1997 (); hayward1999 (). Our solutions do not require negative energy density but this does not conflict with these theorems because we have a different definition of a wormhole throat.
The theorems claiming the violation of the null energy condition at a wormhole throat hv1997 (); hayward1999 () define the throat on a null hypersurface. In this case, the throat coincides with a trapping horizon. In the present paper we define a wormhole throat on a spacelike hypersurface. In fact, our wormhole solutions do not have a trapping horizon at all, so they are not wormholes in the sense of Hochberg and Visser hv1997 () or Hayward hayward1999 () even though they possess two distinct infinities. We discuss this problem in a more general framework in a separate paper wormhole ().
Here we also consider the threshold between the Friedmann-quasi-Friedmann solutions and the cosmological white hole solutions. Strictly speaking, the threshold solution with the exact parameter value cannot be achieved numerically. Among the asymptotic solutions obtained in Paper I, the constant-velocity asymptote will be the most plausible candidate for this threshold solution. The resulting conformal diagram would be given by Fig. 19, admitting a null ray traveling from the constant velocity infinity () to the Friedmann infinity (). However, this possibility is clearly excluded because this diagram contains a traversable dynamical wormhole, which is prohibited by the discussion in Hochberg and Visser hv1997 () or Hayward hayward1999 ().
Iv Summary and discussion
|Spacetime||Asymptote||# SH||# TH|
|Black hole||F-QKS-PMS||2||1 (d)|
We have numerically investigated spherically symmetric self-similar solutions for a perfect fluid with () which are properly asymptotic to the flat Friedmann model at large distances, in the sense that there is no solid angle deficit. We have integrated the field equations for the self-similar solutions and interpreted the solutions using the asymptotic analysis of Paper I. The results are summarized in Table I.
We have seen that there is a class of asymptotically Friedmann self-similar black hole solutions and this contrasts to the situation with positive pressure fluids or scalar fields, where there are no such solutions. This suggests that self-similar growth of PBHs is possible in an inflationary flat Friedmann universe with dark energy, which may support the claim in ref. bm2002 (). This can be explained by the fact that the pressure gradient of dark energy is in the opposite direction to the density gradient. It therefore gives an attractive force which pulls the matter inwards, whereas the gravitational force is repulsive. So if the black hole is small and the density gradient steep, it can accrete the surrounding mass effectively.
For , we have found numerically that the ratio of the size of the black hole event horizon to the Hubble length is between and . This means that the size of such a self-similar cosmological black hole has an upper limit but it can be arbitrarily small, so black holes which grow as fast as the universe cannot be too large. It should be stressed that there is a one-parameter family of self-similar cosmological black hole solutions, so we do not have to fine-tune the mass of the black hole to get self-similar growth. This means that self-similar black hole growth is very plausible in a universe with dark energy of this kind. This is in contrast to the usual Newtonian argument for a positive pressure fluid zn1967 (); hc2005c ().
In addition to the black hole solutions, we have found self-similar solutions which represent a Friedmann universe connected to either another Friedmann universe or some other cosmological model. They are interpreted as self-similar cosmological white hole or wormhole solutions. These are classified into three types, according to whether the other infinity is Friedmann, quasi-Friedmann, or quasi-static, among which the last type is interpreted as a white hole in a Friedmann background. These solutions provide intriguing examples of dynamical wormholes. Since they are cosmological solutions, they are not asymptotically flat and they do not have a regular past null infinity. Rather they are asymptotic to models which are expanding at spacelike infinity and have an initial singularity.
In such situations a wormhole throat should be locally defined as a two-sphere of minimal area on the spacelike hypersurfaces rather than a trapping horizon. According to the conventional definition of traversability, none of our numerical solutions represents a traversable wormhole because of the absence of a past null infinity. The strong energy condition is violated there but the null, dominant and weak energy conditions are still all satisfied. Our wormhole solutions do not have a trapping horizon: because there is no violation of the null energy condition, they are not dynamical wormholes in the sense of Hochberg and Visser hv1997 () or Hayward hayward1999 ().
Finally, we note that the homothetic (rather than comoving) approach is another powerful method of studying self-similar solutions. In the positive pressure case, the homothetic and comoving approaches are complementary, which leads to a comprehensive understanding of self-similar solutions cc2000a (); gnu1998 (); ccgnu2001 (). A dynamical systems approach in the negative pressure case should also shed light on various aspects of the problem.
Acknowledgements.The authors would like to thank S.A. Hayward, P. Ivanov, H. Kodama, H. Koyama, M. Siino and T. Tanaka for useful comments. HM and TH are supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Fund of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (Young Scientists (B) 18740162 (HM) and 18740144 (TH)). BJC thanks the Research Center for the Early Universe at the University of Tokyo for hospitality received during this work. HM was also supported by the Grant No. 1071125 from FONDECYT (Chile). CECS is funded in part by an institutional grant from Millennium Science Initiative, Chile, and the generous support to CECS from Empresas CMPC is gratefully acknowledged.
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