Quantum geometry and black hole entropy

  title={Quantum geometry and black hole entropy},
  author={Abhay Ashtekar and John C. Baez and Alejandro Corichi and Kirill Krasnov},
  journal={Physical Review Letters},
A ``black hole sector'' of nonperturbative canonical quantum gravity is introduced. The quantum black hole degrees of freedom are shown to be described by a Chern-Simons field theory on the horizon. It is shown that the entropy of a large nonrotating black hole is proportional to its horizon area. The constant of proportionality depends upon the Immirzi parameter, which fixes the spectrum of the area operator in loop quantum gravity; an appropriate choice of this parameter gives the Bekenstein… 

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