Particles, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar

Black Hole Thermodynamics and Breakdown of the Classical Approximation

Daniel Grumiller
Center for Theoretical Physics
MIT

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
2:00 pm
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P121


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