Special Issue "Black Hole Thermodynamics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2011)
Prof. Dr. Jacob D. Bekenstein (Website)
Polak Professor of Theoretical Physics, Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, 91904, Israel
Fax: +972 (0)2 5611519
Interests: gravitational theory; black hole physics; relativistic magnetohydrodynamics; galactic dynamics; physical aspects of information theory; physics of the vacuum
In the four decades since its introduction into black hole physics, black hole entropy has proved a resilient and wide-ranging notion, with conceptual connections to a number of areas of the physical sciences, some far removed from black hole physics. Its wide applicability in the gravitational world has become clear as new types of black holes from a variety of gravity theories have been characterized theoretically. Black hole entropy naturally engendered the generalized second law which has found innumerable applications, from ruling out many conceivable black hole processes or conceivable denizens of the universe, to suggesting entropy bounds of various sorts to restricting the evolution of inflationary cosmological models through a natural extension of concepts. One bound---the holographic entropy bound---served as motivation for the holographic principle, a rule which has greatly impacted contemporary high energy physics and string theory. This principle is nowadays touted as a guide to quantum gravity. In fact, the very form of black hole entropy has often invited exploration, from novel perspectives, of the quantum gravity challenge. The area law of black hole entropy motivated the study of entanglement entropy in various contexts, and has found counterparts in condensed matter physics. The rich history of the subject would suggest that we have not seen the end of it.
Prof. Dr. Jacob D. Bekenstein
- area law
- quantum corrections
- black hole thermodynamics
- generalized second law
- holographic principle
- holographic duals
- entanglement entropy