Black hole bound on the number of species and quantum gravity at CERN LHC

Gia Dvali, Michele Redi

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    In theories with a large number N of particle species, black hole physics imposes an upper bound on the mass of the species equal to MPlanck/N. This bound suggests a novel solution to the hierarchy problem in which there are N 1032 gravitationally coupled species, for example 1032 copies of the standard model. The black hole bound forces them to be at the weak scale, hence providing a stable hierarchy. We present various arguments, that in such theories the effective gravitational cutoff is reduced to ΛG MPlanck/N and a new description is needed around this scale. In particular, black holes smaller than ΛG-1 are already no longer semiclassical. The nature of the completion is model dependent. One natural possibility is that ΛG is the quantum gravity scale. We provide evidence that within this type of scenarios, contrary to the standard intuition, micro-black-holes have a (slowly fading) memory of the species of origin. Consequently, the black holes produced at LHC will predominantly decay into the standard model particles, and negligibly into the other species.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number045027
    JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Feb 22 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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