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Centre for Particle Theory Colloquia: Black hole entropy from horizon constraints

Presented by Steve Carlip, UC Davis

13 November 2007 16:15 in CLC 202

To describe black hole thermodynamics in any quantum theory of
gravity, one must introduce constraints that ensure that a black
hole is actually present. I show that for a very large class of
dilaton black holes, the inclusion of such ``horizon constraints''
allows us to use conformal field theory techniques to compute the
density of states, reproducing the correct Bekenstein-Hawking entropy
in a nearly model-independent manner. This picture suggests an
elegant description of the relevant degrees of freedom, as
Goldstone-boson-like excitations arising from symmetry breaking
by a conformal anomaly induced by the horizon constraints.

Contact d.g.cerdeno@durham.ac.uk or p.e.dorey@durham.ac.uk for more information

Coffee and biscuits at 15:30 in CM 211 (Maths Coffee Room).