Séminaire de Physique Théorique

Hints of quantum gravity from the horizon fluid

by Prof. Bethan CROPP (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Trivandrum)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane (IHES)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane


35, route de Chartres, F-91440 Bures-sur-Yvette (France)
For many years researchers have tried to glean hints about quantum gravity from black hole thermodynamics. We try a different approach using a minimal statistical mechanical model for the horizon fluid based on Damour-Navier-Stokes (DNS) equation. For asymptotically flat black hole spacetimes in General Relativity, we show explicitly that at equilibrium the entropy of the horizon fluid is the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy. Further we show that, for the bulk viscosity of the fluctuations of the horizon fluid to be identical to Damour, a confinement scale exists for these fluctuations, implying quantization of the horizon area.