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