7:30 pm, Wednesday, Apr 01, 2015
Fairmont Lounge, St. John's College
2111 Lower Mall, UBC
Quantum Black Holes?
University of California, Davis
Forty years ago, Jacob Bekenstein and Stephen Hawking showed
that black holes are not really black -- they "glow" the
same way a hot bar of steel does, with a temperature that
depends on properties of their "event horizons". This
behavior involves both gravity and quantum mechanics, and,
in fact, it gives us one of the very few pieces of information
about quantum gravity that we really believe. In this talk, I will explain
this famous "black hole radiation" result, and also
discuss the fascinating open question of what (if
anything) we can learn about quantum gravity by studying
quantum black holes.
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This lecture is one of the PITP's special public events to celebrate the Centenary of General Relativity. You can find the resource matrial here.
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