Black hole entropy from nonperturbative gauge theory

Daniel Kabat, Gilad Lifschytz, David A. Lowe

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We present the details of a mean-field approximation scheme for the quantum mechanics of N D0-branes at finite temperature. The approximation can be applied at strong 't Hooft coupling. We find that the resulting entropy is in good agreement with the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy of a ten-dimensional nonextremal black hole with a 0-brane charge. This result is in accord with the duality conjectured by Itzhaki, Maldacena, Sonnenschein and Yankielowicz. We study the spectrum of single-string excitations within quantum mechanics, and find evidence for a clear separation between light and heavy degrees of freedom. We also present a way of identifying the black hole horizon.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124015
JournalPhysical review D
Issue number12
StatePublished - 15 Dec 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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