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Emergence and Correspondence for String Theory Black Holes

van Dongen, Jeroen and De Haro, Sebastian and Visser, Manus and Butterfield, Jeremy (2020) Emergence and Correspondence for String Theory Black Holes. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 69. pp. 112-127. ISSN 1355-2198

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Abstract

This is one of a pair of papers that give a historical-cum-philosophical analysis of the endeavour to understand black hole entropy as a statistical mechanical entropy obtained by counting string-theoretic microstates. Both papers focus on Andrew Strominger and Cumrun Vafa's ground-breaking 1996 calculation, which analysed the black hole in terms of D-branes. The first paper gives a conceptual analysis of the Strominger-Vafa argument, and of several research efforts that it engendered. In this paper, we assess whether the black hole should be considered as emergent from the D-brane system, particularly in light of the role that duality plays in the argument. We further identify uses of the quantum-to-classical correspondence principle in string theory discussions of black holes, and compare these to the heuristics of earlier efforts in theory construction, in particular those of the old quantum theory.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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van Dongen, Jeroenj.a.e.f.vandongen@uva.nl
De Haro, Sebastiansd696@cam.ac.uk0000-0002-3000-5967
Visser, ManusM.R.Visser@uva.nl
Butterfield, Jeremyjb56@cam.ac.uk
Keywords: black hole entropy; string theory; D-branes; AdS/CFT; emergence; correspondence
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr Sebastian De Haro
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2020 20:25
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2020 20:25
Item ID: 16984
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2019.11.002
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 1 February 2020
Page Range: pp. 112-127
Volume: 69
ISSN: 1355-2198
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16984

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