Thermodynamics of black holes

  title={Thermodynamics of black holes},
  author={Paul Davies},
  journal={Reports on Progress in Physics},
  • P. Davies
  • Published 1 August 1978
  • Physics
  • Reports on Progress in Physics
Black holes appear to conform to a very straightforward generalisation of standard laboratory thermodynamics. This generalised theory is examined in detail, and some concrete results are presented. The thermodynamic connection is based on Hawking's application of quantum theory to black holes, and the quantum aspects are described in detail from several standpoints, both heuristic and otherwise. The precise mechanism by which the black hole produces thermal radiation, its nature and origin, and… 

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