Generalized Quantum Theory in Evaporating Black Hole Spacetimes
Abstract
Quantum mechanics for matter fields moving in an evaporating black hole spacetime is formulated in fully fourdimensional form according to the principles of generalized quantum theory. The resulting quantum theory cannot be expressed in a 3+1 form in terms of a state evolving unitarily or by reduction through a foliating family of spacelike surfaces. That is because evaporating black hole geometries cannot be foliated by a nonsingular family of spacelike surfaces. A fourdimensional notion of information is reviewed. Although complete information may not be available on every spacelike surface, information is not lost in a spacetime sense in an evaporating black hole spacetime. Rather complete information is distributed about the fourdimensional spacetime. Black hole evaporation is thus not in conflict with the principles of quantum mechanics when suitably generally stated. (Talk presented at Black Holes and Relativistic Stars: A Symposium in Honor of S. Chandrasekhar, Chicago, Dec 1415,1996.)
 Publication:

Black Holes and Relativistic Stars
 Pub Date:
 1998
 arXiv:
 arXiv:grqc/9705022
 Bibcode:
 1998bhrs.conf..195H
 Keywords:

 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
 High Energy Physics  Theory;
 Quantum Physics
 EPrint:
 23 pages, ReVTeX, 8 figures, titles supplied for some references