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Geometric Entropy: A review of the laws of Black Hole mechanics, and the formulation of the Wald Entropy

Geometric Entropy: A review of the laws of Black Hole mechanics, and the formulation of the Wald Entropy

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  • ISBN-13: 9783843350433
  • Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2010
  • Pages: 68 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.16 x 8.66 x 5.91 inches

Overview

The laws of mechanics of stationary black holes bear a close resemblance with the laws of thermodynamics. This is not only a mathematical analogy but also a physical one that helps us answer deep questions related to the thermodynamic properties of the black holes. It turns out that we can define an entropy which is purely geometrical for black holes. In this thesis we explain Wald's formulation which identifies black hole entropy for an arbitrary covariant theory of gravity. We would like to know precisely what inputs go into arriving at Wald's formalism. This expression for the entropy clearly depends on the precise form of the action. The secondary theme of this thesis is to distinguish thermodynamic laws which are kinematic from those which are dynamical. We would like to see explicitly in the derivation of these laws, where exactly the form of action plays a role. In the beginning we motivate the definition of entropy using the Einstein-Hilbert Lagrangian. We encounter the Zeroth law, the Hawking radiation, the second law, and then Wald's formulation.

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