Universal Black Holes
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Original versionHervik, S., Ortaggio, M. (2020) Universal Black Holes. Journal of High Energy Physics, https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP02(2020)047 10.1007/JHEP02(2020)047
We prove that a generalized Schwarzschild-like ansatz can be consistently employed to construct d-dimensional static vacuum black hole solutions in any metric theory of gravity for which the Lagrangian is a scalar invariant constructed from the Riemann tensor and its covariant derivatives of arbitrary order. Namely, we show that, apart from containing two arbitrary functions a(r) and f(r) (essentially, the gtt and grr components), in any such theory the line-element may admit as a base space any isotropy-irreducible homogeneous space. Technically, this ensures that the ﬁeld equations generically reduce to two ODEs for a(r) and f(r), and dramatically enlarges the space of black hole solutions and permitted horizon geometries for the considered theories. We then exemplify our results in concrete contexts by constructing solutions in particular theories such as Gauss-Bonnet, quadratic, F(R) and F(Lovelock) gravity, and certain conformal gravities.