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A classical instability of Reissner-Nordström solutions and the fate of magnetically charged black holes. (English) Zbl 0969.83516
Summary: Working in the context of spontaneously broken gauge theories, we show that the magnetically charged Reissner-Nordström solution develops a classical instability if the horizon is sufficiently small. This instability has significant implications for the evolution of a magnetically charged black hole. In particular, it leads to the possibility that such a hole could evaporate completely, leaving in its place a nonsingular magnetic monopole.

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83C57 Black holes
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