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
Euclidean methods
entropy bounds
Killing horizons
event horizons
variational methods
Hawking radiation
quantum field theory
quantum gravity
generalized second law
statistical mechanics
black hole thermodynamics
black holes
thermodynamics
lrr-2001-6
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics