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Classical and quantum picture of the interior of two-dimensional black holes

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dc.contributor.author Shawa, Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-22T11:42:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-22T11:42:39Z
dc.date.issued 2016-04-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/182550
dc.description.abstract A quantum-mechanical description of black holes would represent the final step in our understanding of the nature of space-time. However, any progress towards that end is usually foiled by persistent space-time singularities that exist at the center of black holes. From the four-dimensional point of view, black holes seem to resist quantization. Under highly symmetric conditions, all higher-dimensional black holes are two-dimensional. Unlike their higher-dimensional counterparts, two dimensional black holes may not resist quantization. A non-trivial description of gravity in two dimensions is not possible using Einstein’s theory of gravity alone. However, we may still arrive at a consistent description of gravity by introducing a scalar field known as the dilaton. In this thesis, we study both the classical and quantum aspects of the interior of two-dimensional black holes using a generalized dilaton-gravity theory. Classically, we will find that the interior of most two-dimensional black holes is not much different from that of four-dimensional black holes. But by introducing quantized matter into the theory, the fluctuations in space-time will give a different picture of the structure of interior of black holes. Using a low-energy effective field theory, we will show that it is indeed possible to identify quantum modes in the interior of black holes and perform quantum-mechanical calculations near the singularity. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10962/3629 en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Rhodes University en_ZA
dc.title Classical and quantum picture of the interior of two-dimensional black holes en_ZA
dc.type Dissertation en_ZA

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