Energy seems to quantum tunnel through normally impenetrable barriers, so I wonder why not the back side of an event horizon?


Actually, there is a phenomenon of quantum tunnelling and black holes. It's related to Hawking Radiation! Hawking Radiation can in fact be modelled as a qauntum tunnelling effect. Here are two papers discussing the quantum tunnelling from black holes: quantum tunnelling from three dimensional black holes and quantum tunnelling in black holes. Another paper discussing quantum tunnelling can be found here. Here is the paper where Hawking Radiation is modelled as a quantum tunnelling effect.

  • $\begingroup$ Oh wow, exactly what I was looking for thanks! Would this basically solve the firewall problem? a.k.a. just tunnel information out? $\endgroup$ – Mason Cloud Mar 22 '15 at 3:24
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    $\begingroup$ If by the firewall problem you refer to the motivating paradox in this wikipedia page, then the answer is not really, for the phenomenon was known before the formulation of the paradox. Read up on these two papers: 1 and 2, to understand the paradox, and this paper for a possible yet controversial solution. $\endgroup$ – user70720 Mar 22 '15 at 4:10

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