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  Subleading contributions to the black hole entropy in the brick wall approach

Sarkar, S., Shankaranarayanan, S., & Sriramkumar, L. (2008). Subleading contributions to the black hole entropy in the brick wall approach. Physical Review D, 78(2): 024003. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.78.024003.

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Sarkar, Sudipta1, Author
Shankaranarayanan, S.2, Author
Sriramkumar, L.1, Author
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2Quantum Gravity & Unified Theories, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society, Golm, DE, ou_24014              

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 Abstract: The brick wall model is a semiclassical approach to understand the microscopic origin of black hole entropy. In this approach, the black hole geometry is assumed to be a fixed classical background on which matter fields propagate, and the entropy of black holes supposedly arises due to the canonical entropy of matter fields outside the black hole event horizon, evaluated at the Hawking temperature. Apart from certain lower dimensional cases, the density of states of the matter fields around black holes cannot be evaluated exactly. As a result, often, in the brick wall model, the density of states and the resulting canonical entropy of the matter fields are evaluated at the leading order (in terms of [h-bar]) in the WKB approximation. The success of the approach is reflected by the fact that the Bekenstein-Hawking area law—viz. that the entropy of black holes is equal to one-quarter the area of their event horizon, say, [script A]H—has been recovered using this model in a variety of black hole spacetimes. In this work, we compute the canonical entropy of a quantum scalar field around static and spherically symmetric black holes through the brick wall approach at the higher orders (in fact, up to the sixth order in [h-bar]) in the WKB approximation. We explicitly show that the brick wall model generally predicts corrections to the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy in all spacetime dimensions. In four dimensions, we find that the corrections to the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy are of the form [[script A]Hnlog[script A]H], while, in six dimensions, the corrections behave as [[script A]Hm+[script A]Hnlog[script A]H], where (m,n)<1. We compare our results with the corrections to the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy that have been obtained through the other approaches in the literature, and discuss the implications.

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 Dates: 2008-07-03
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.78.024003
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