Conformal field theory and black hole physics
Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, c2012
This thesis reviews the use of 2-dimensional conformal field theory applied to gravity, specifically calculating Bekenstein-Hawking entropy of black holes in (2+1) dimensions. A brief review of general relativity, Conformal Field Theory, energy extraction from black holes, and black hole thermodynamics will be given. The Cardy formula, which calculates the entropy of a black hole from the AdS/CFT duality, will be shown to calculate the correct Bekenstein-Hawking entropy of the static and rotating BTZ black holes. The first law of black hole thermodynamics of the static, rotating, and charged-rotating BTZ black holes will be verified.
vii, 119 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Conformal invariants , Field theory (Physics) , Gravitation , Einstein field equations , Black holes (Astronomy) , Dissertations, Academic