eng
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Living Reviews in Relativity
1433-8351
2001-07-09
4
6
10.12942/lrr-2001-6
lrr-2001-6
article
The Thermodynamics of Black Holes
Robert M. Wald
1
Enrico Fermi Institute and Department of Physics, University of Chicago, 5640 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1433, U.S.A.
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.
http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2001-6
quantum field theory
statistical mechanics
black holes
Hawking radiation
Euclidean methods
thermodynamics
variational methods
event horizons
quantum gravity
generalized second law
black hole thermodynamics
entropy bounds
Killing horizons