Statistical mechanics and black hole thermodynamics

  title={Statistical mechanics and black hole thermodynamics},
  author={S. Carlip},
  journal={arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology},
  • S. Carlip
  • Published 1997
  • Physics
  • arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
Abstract 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… Expand
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