Black holes admitting a Freudenthal dual

L. Borsten, D. Dahanayake, M. J. Duff, W. Rubens

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The quantized charges x of four-dimensional stringy black holes may be assigned to elements of an integral Freudenthal triple system whose automorphism group is the corresponding U duality and whose U-invariant quartic norm Δ(x) determines the lowest-order entropy. Here, we introduce a Freudenthal duality x→x, for which x=-x. Although distinct from U duality, it nevertheless leaves Δ(x) invariant. However, the requirement that x be an integer restricts us to the subset of black holes for which Δ(x) is necessarily a perfect square. The issue of higher-order corrections remains open as some, but not all, of the discrete U-duality invariants are Freudenthal invariant. Similarly, the quantized charges A of five-dimensional black holes and strings may be assigned to elements of an integral Jordan algebra, whose cubic norm N(A) determines the lowest-order entropy. We introduce an analogous Jordan dual A, with N(A) necessarily a perfect cube, for which A=A and which leaves N(A) invariant. The two dualities are related by a 4D/5D lift.

Original languageEnglish
Article number026003
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2009


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