Monday 05 November 2012
to 14:30 at
Bert Vercnocke (IPhT Saclay, France)
Black holes are intriguing objects that appear as classical solutions to General Relativity. When GR is coupled to quantum fields, black holes are even more mysterious: Hawking showed forty years ago that black holes radiate and have a temperature and an entropy. In its most direct interpretation, Hawking radiation also leads to the infamous information paradox. In this seminar, I will first explain those concepts of black hole physics. Then I will discuss black hole microstates or 'fuzzballs' and how they could explain black hole entropy, resolve the black hole singularity and remove the information problem. I will go beyond previous successes for supersymmetric black
holes and treat more realistic non-extremal black holes.