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Black Holes, Holography and Microstates

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It has been known since the seventies that black holes behave as thermodynamical objects and, in particular, they have an entropy. To explain the microscopical origin of this entropy is a challenge for any theory of quantum gravity. The famous Bekenstein-Hawking formula for the entropy of a black hole also suggests an interpretation based on a holographic principle. All these ideas nicely combine in the physics of black holes in Anti-de-Sitter space, as I will discuss in this talk. I will discuss recent progresses in understanding this problem, which involve a combination of general relativity and sophisticated quantum field theory computations.

This talk is part of the Theoretical Physics Colloquium series.

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