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Exact self-consistent gravitational shock wave in semiclassical gravity
By Carlos O. Lousto and Francisco D. Mazzitelli
Published in Physical Review D 56, 3471 (Monday, September 15, 1997)


We find a self-consistent pp-gravitational shock wave solution to the semiclassical Einstein equations resulting from the 1/N approach to the effective action. We model the renormalized matter stress-energy-momentum tensor by N massless scalar fields in the Minkowski vacuum plus a classical particle. We show that quantum effects generate a milder singularity at the position of the particle than the classical solution, but the singularity does not disappear. At large distances from the particle, the quantum correction decreases slowly, as 1/ρ2 (ρ being the distance to the particle in the shock wave plane). We argue that this large distance correction is a necessary consequence of quantum gravity.

CCRG Authors

Lousto, Carlos O.

Research Areas

Numerical Relativity