publication . Article . Preprint . 1997

Statistical mechanics and black hole thermodynamics

Steven Carlip;
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  • Published: 07 Feb 1997 Journal: Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements, volume 57, pages 8-12 (issn: 0920-5632, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Black holes are thermodynamic objects, but despite recent progress, the ultimate statistical mechanical origin of black hole temperature and entropy remains mysterious. Here I summarize an approach in which the entropy is viewed as arising from ``would-be pure gauge'' degrees of freedom that become dynamical at the horizon. For the (2+1)-dimensional black hole, these degrees of freedom can be counted, and yield the correct Bekenstein-Hawking entropy; the corresponding problem in 3+1 dimensions remains open.
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free text keywords: Nuclear and High Energy Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics, General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, Black brane, Nonsingular black hole models, Membrane paradigm, Black hole thermodynamics, Classical mechanics, Extremal black hole, Black hole complementarity, Black hole, Physics, White hole
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