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Physics Seminar - Quantum Corrections to Thermodynamics of Cold Black Holes

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: > See description for location
Description: Speaker: Ahmed Sheta, PhD student, Harvard University

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Time: 2:00pm

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In this talk, I will review the framework of black hole thermodynamics set up by Bekenstein & Hawking in the 70's, and possible insights it could shed on quantum theories of gravity. I will then describe the low temperature (high-spin) limit of thermodynamics of rotating black holes, and I will review an old puzzle related to the breakdown of thermodynamics as the black hole spins close to the speed of light. Then, I will discuss recent work in which we resolved this puzzle by properly accounting for quantum corrections which dominate the low-temperature thermodynamics.

Ahmed Sheta is a PhD student at Harvard University. Originally from Egypt, he did his bachelor's at Columbia University (Class of 2021) and is currently a graduate student in the group of Andrew Strominger. He is working on various aspects of black hole physics, within both classical and quantum gravity.

NOTE: All PHY Graduate Students are ENCOURAGED to attend. All interested parties are invited to attend. Open to the public.
Contact: Physics Department
Topical Areas: Faculty, Students, Students, Graduate, Students, Undergraduate, Physics