Black hole thermodynamics
Abstract
These notes introduce basic aspects of black hole thermodynamics. I review the classical laws of black hole mechanics, give a brief introduction to the essential concepts of quantum field theory in curved spacetime, and derive the Unruh and Hawking effects. I conclude with a discussion of entropy from the Euclidean path integral point of view and in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence. Originally delivered as a set of lectures at the PIMS summer school ``Strings, Gravity and Cosmology'' in August 2004.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 February 2005
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepth/0502195
 Bibcode:
 2005hep.th....2195R
 Keywords:

 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology;
 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
 44 pages, 12 figures, v2: reference added