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Particles, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar
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Black Hole Thermodynamics and Breakdown of the Classical Approximation
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Daniel
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Grumiller
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Center for Theoretical Physics
MIT
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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. |

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007
2:00 pm
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P121
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