Topological interpretation of the horizon temperature

Padmanabhan, T. (2003) Topological interpretation of the horizon temperature Modern Physics Letters A, 18 (40). pp. 2903-2911. ISSN 0217-7323

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A class of metrics gab(xi) describing spacetimes with horizons (and associated thermodynamics) can be thought of as a limiting case of a family of metrics gab(xi;λ) without horizons when λ→0. We construct specific examples in which the curvature corresponding gab(xi;λ) becomes a Dirac delta function and gets concentrated on the horizon when the limit λ→0 is taken, but the action remains finite. When the horizon is interpreted in this manner, one needs to remove the corresponding surface from the Euclidean sector, leading to winding numbers and thermal behavior. In particular, the Rindler spacetime can be thought of as the limiting case of (horizon-free) metrics of the form [g002+a2x2; gμν=-δμν] or [g00=-gxx=(ε2+4a2x2) ½, gyy=gzz=−1] when ε→0. In the Euclidean sector, the curvature gets concentrated on the origin of tE-x plane in a manner analogous to Aharanov-Bohm effect (in which the vector potential is a pure gauge everywhere except at the origin) and the curvature at the origin leads to nontrivial topological features and winding number.

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Keywords:Horizon Temperature; Aharonov-Bohm Effect; Quantum Gravity
ID Code:73539
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