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Thermodynamics of spacetime from minimal area


Alonso-Serrano,  Ana
Quantum Gravity & Unified Theories, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Alonso-Serrano, A., & Liška, M. (2021). Thermodynamics of spacetime from minimal area. Physical Review D, 104(8): 084043. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.104.084043.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-001E-6
Motivated by exploring the interface between thermodynamics of spacetime and quantum gravity effects, we develop a heuristic derivation of Hawking temperature and Bekenstein entropy from the existence of a minimal resolvable area. Moreover, we find leading order quantum gravity corrections to them that are in qualitative agreement with results obtained by other methods, both heuristic and rigorous. In this way, we recover, as a particular case, the corrections heuristically obtained from the existence of minimal length. We also show that the size of minimal area is constrained from above by well understood results of semiclassical black hole physics, specifically by the entropy content of Hawking radiation. The minimal area derivation we introduce is also applied to finding the Unruh temperature associated with causal diamonds and to establish a new relation between this temperature and the entropy of the causal diamond's horizon.