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Author Bombelli, L. ♦ Koul, R. K. ♦ Lee, J. ♦ Sorkin, R. D.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ♦ PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS ♦ BLACK HOLES ♦ ENTROPY ♦ METRICS ♦ PHASE SPACE ♦ QUANTUM FIELD THEORY ♦ SCATTERING ♦ STATISTICAL MECHANICS ♦ FIELD THEORIES ♦ MATHEMATICAL SPACE ♦ MECHANICS ♦ PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ♦ SPACE ♦ THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES ♦ Astrophysics & Cosmology- Stars & Quasi-Stellar, Radio & X-Ray Sources ♦ High Energy Physics- Field Theory
Abstract We associate to any quantum field propagating in the background metric of a black hole an effective density matrix whose statistical entropy can be interpreted as a contribution to the total entropy of the black hole. By evaluating this contribution in a simplified case, we show that in general it can be expected to be finite and proportional to the area of the black hole. As a by-product of our calculation we obtain a general expression for the entropy of any real Gaussian density matrix.
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1986-07-15
Publisher Department Physics Department, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 13244-1130
Publisher Place United States
Journal Phys. Rev. D
Volume Number 34
Issue Number 2
Organization Physics Department, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 13244-1130


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