Robert M. Wald
The Thermodynamics of Black Holes
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.
2001-02-13
2001-07-09
variational methods
statistical mechanics
Hawking radiation
quantum gravity
black hole thermodynamics
Euclidean methods
black holes
quantum field theory
Killing horizons
entropy bounds
thermodynamics
event horizons
generalized second law
lrr-2001-6
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics