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Microcanonical Description of (Micro) Black Holes
AbstractThe microcanonical ensemble is the proper ensemble to describe black holes which are not in thermodynamic equilibrium, such as radiating black holes. This choice of ensemble eliminates the problems, e.g., negative specific heat (not allowed in the canonical ensemble) and loss of unitarity, encountered when the canonical ensemble is used. In this review we present an overview of the weaknesses of the standard thermodynamic description of black holes and show how the microcanonical approach can provide a consistent description of black holes and their Hawking radiation at all energy scales. Our approach is based on viewing the horizon area as yielding the ensemble density at fixed system energy. We then compare the decay rates of black holes in the two different pictures. Our description is particularly relevant for the analysis of micro-black holes whose existenceis predicted in models with extra-spatial dimensions.
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Casadio, R.; Harms, B. Microcanonical Description of (Micro) Black Holes. Entropy 2011, 13, 502-517.View more citation formats
Casadio R, Harms B. Microcanonical Description of (Micro) Black Holes. Entropy. 2011; 13(2):502-517.Chicago/Turabian Style
Casadio, Roberto; Harms, Benjamin. 2011. "Microcanonical Description of (Micro) Black Holes." Entropy 13, no. 2: 502-517.