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doi: 10.12942/lrr-2001-6
Living Rev. Relativity 4 (2001), 6

The Thermodynamics of Black Holes

1 Enrico Fermi Institute and Department of Physics, University of Chicago, 5640 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1433, U.S.A.

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We review the present status of black hole thermodynamics. Our review includes discussion of classical black hole thermodynamics, Hawking radiation from black holes, the generalized second law, and the issue of entropy bounds. A brief survey also is given of approaches to the calculation of black hole entropy. We conclude with a discussion of some unresolved open issues.

Keywords: quantum gravity, quantum field theory, Hawking radiation, generalized second law, black holes, Euclidean methods, statistical mechanics, entropy bounds, Killing horizons, thermodynamics, variational methods, event horizons, black hole thermodynamics

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ORIGINAL http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2001-6
Title The Thermodynamics of Black Holes
Author Robert M. Wald
Date accepted 13 February 2001, published 9 July 2001
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