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Lost Horizon? – Modeling Black Holes in String Theory

Huggett, Nick and Matsubara, Keizo (2020) Lost Horizon? – Modeling Black Holes in String Theory. [Preprint]

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The modeling of black holes is an important desideratum for any quantum theory of gravity. Not only is a classical black hole metric sought, but also agreement with the laws of black hole thermodynamics. In this paper, we describe how these goals are obtained in string theory. We review black hole thermodynamics, and then explicate the general stringy derivation of classical spacetimes, the construction of a simple black hole solution, and the derivation of its entropy. With that in hand, we address some important philosophical and conceptual questions: the confirmatory value of the derivation, the bearing of the model on recent discussions of the so-called ‘information paradox’, and the implications of the model for the nature of space.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Huggett, Nickhuggett@uic.edu0000-0002-5699-5479
Matsubara, Keizokeizo.matsubara@filosofi.uu.se0000-0002-3976-9891
Keywords: quantum gravity, string theory, information paradox, black hole, fuzzball, firewall
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Depositing User: Nick Huggett
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2020 21:08
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2020 21:08
Item ID: 17327
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Date: 13 June 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17327

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