Black hole entropy, loop gravity, and polymer physics

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Loop gravity provides a microscopic derivation of black hole entropy. In this paper, I show that the microstates counted admit a semiclassical description in terms of shapes of a tessellated horizon. The counting of microstates and the computation of the entropy can be done via a mapping to an equivalent statistical mechanical problem: the counting of conformations of a closed polymer chain. This correspondence suggests a number of intriguing relations between the thermodynamics of black holes and the physics of polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114006
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number11
StatePublished - May 21 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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