Black hole thermodynamics from calculations in strongly coupled gauge theory

Daniel Kabat, Gilad Lifschytz, David Lowe

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We develop an approximation scheme for the quantum mechanics of N D0-branes at finite temperature in the 't Hooft large-N limit. The entropy of the quantum mechanics calculated using this approximation agrees well with the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy of a ten-dimensional non-extremal black hole with 0-brane charge. This result is in accord with the duality conjectured by Itzhaki, Maldacena, Sonnenschein and Yankielowicz. Our approximation scheme provides a model for the density matrix which describes a black hole in the strongly-coupled quantum mechanics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)856-865
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics A
Issue number5
StatePublished - 20 Feb 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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