Transient Solar Oscillations Driven by Primordial Black Holes

Michael Kesden, Shravan Hanasoge
2011 Physical Review Letters  
Stars are transparent to the passage of primordial black holes (PBHs) and serve as seismic detectors for such objects. The gravitational field of a PBH squeezes a star and causes it to ring acoustically. We calculate the seismic signature of a PBH passing through the Sun. The background for this signal is the observed spectrum of solar oscillations excited by supersonic turbulence. We predict that PBHs more massive than 10^21 g (comparable in mass to an asteroid) are detectable by existing
more » ... le by existing solar observatories. The oscillations excited by PBHs peak at large scales and high frequencies, making them potentially detectable in other stars. The discovery of PBHs would have profound implications for cosmology and high-energy physics.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.107.111101 pmid:22026654 fatcat:2wapngwzrjadlefhzgk3ie2qk4