Black holes and Boyle's Law --- the thermodynamics of Einstein's greatest mistake

The thermodynamics of black holes will be reviewed and recent developments incorporating pressure into the first law described. The asymptotically AdS Kerr metric has a van der Waals type critical point with a line of first order phase transitions terminating at a critical point with mean field exponents. The phase structure and stability of black holes in higher dimensions will also be described.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:00 to 12:30
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