Limitations on the statistical description of black holes

Preskill, John ; Schwarz, Patricia ; Shapere, Alfred ; Trivedi, Sandip ; wilczek, Frank (1991) Limitations on the statistical description of black holes Modern Physics Letters A, 6 (26). pp. 2353-2361. ISSN 0217-7323

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We argue that the description of a block hole as a statistical (thermal) object must break down as the extreme (zero-temperature) limit is a approached, due to uncontrollable thermodynamic fluctuatations. For the recently discovered charged black holes, the analysis is significantly different, but again indicates that a statistical decription of the extreme hole is inappropriate. These holes invite a more normal elementary particle interpretation than is possible for Reissner-Nordstrom hole.

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