Vol. 15 (2012) > lrr-2012-6

doi: 10.12942/lrr-2012-6
Living Rev. Relativity 15 (2012), 6

Dynamical Boson Stars

1 Long Island University, Brookville, NY 11548, USA and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 2Y5, Canada
2 Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H8, Canada

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Article Abstract

The idea of stable, localized bundles of energy has strong appeal as a model for particles. In the 1950s, John Wheeler envisioned such bundles as smooth configurations of electromagnetic energy that he called geons, but none were found. Instead, particle-like solutions were found in the late 1960s with the addition of a scalar field, and these were given the name boson stars. Since then, boson stars find use in a wide variety of models as sources of dark matter, as black hole mimickers, in simple models of binary systems, and as a tool in finding black holes in higher dimensions with only a single Killing vector. We discuss important varieties of boson stars, their dynamic properties, and some of their uses, concentrating on recent efforts.

Keywords: Boson stars, Numerical relativity

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ORIGINAL http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2012-6
Title Dynamical Boson Stars
Author Steven L. Liebling / Carlos Palenzuela
Date accepted 29 March 2012, published 8 May 2012
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