Particles, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar
Black Hole Thermodynamics and Breakdown of the Classical Approximation
Center for Theoretical Physics
An elegant, if somewhat indirect, method to study black hole thermodynamics is the Euclidean path integral formulation. The partition function is dominated by the classical paths, with small contributions from semi-classical paths, if three conditions hold. For generic black holes Murphy's law applies and all conditions are violated. I demonstrate how to resolve these problems and how to obtain consistent thermodynamics in the canonical ensemble for a large class of black holes with arbitrary asymptotics.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Gant Science Complex