The Thermodynamics of Black Holes
Abstract
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.
 Publication:

Living Reviews in Relativity
 Pub Date:
 July 2001
 DOI:
 10.12942/lrr20016
 arXiv:
 arXiv:grqc/9912119
 Bibcode:
 2001LRR.....4....6W
 Keywords:

 black hole thermodynamics;
 black holes;
 event horizons;
 Hawking radiation;
 quantum field theory;
 quantum gravity;
 Euclidean methods;
 variational methods;
 statistical mechanics;
 thermodynamics;
 Killing horizons;
 generalized second law;
 entropy bounds;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
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