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High Energy Phenomenology, Experiment, and Cosmology Seminar Series artwork
September 22, 20214:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Black Holes in the Early Universe


Dan Hooper (University of Chicago)


Doojin Kim



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

Cosmology textbooks typically assume that the early universe was dominated by relativistic particles. But if even a relatively small number of black holes were created after inflation, they would make up an increasingly large fraction of the total energy density as space expands. I’ll argue that it is well-motivated to scenarios in which the early universe included an era in which low-mass (<10^8 grams) primordial black holes dominated the total energy density. Within this context, I’ll discuss Hawking radiation as a mechanism to produce both dark radiation and dark matter. I’ll also talk about the possibility that these black holes may have undergone mergers before evaporating, leading to potentially detectable gravitational waves signals, and to the production of a “hot graviton background”.

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