Fermion self-trapping in the optical geometry of Einstein-Dirac solitons

Peter E. D. Leith, Chris A. Hooley, Keith Horne, David G. Dritschel

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We analyze gravitationally localized states of multiple fermions with high angular momenta, in the formalism introduced by Finster, Smoller, and Yau [Phys Rev. D 59, 104020 (1999)]. We show that the resulting solitonlike wave functions can be naturally interpreted in terms of a form of self-trapping, where the fermions become localized on shells the locations of which correspond to those of “bulges” in the optical geometry created by their own energy density.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106012
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number10
Early online date12 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2020


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