Black hole thermodynamics
Simon F. Ross
Centre for Particle Theory, Department of Mathematical Sciences University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, U.K.
These notes introduce basic aspects of black hole thermodynamics. I reviewthe classical laws of black hole mechanics, give a brief introduction to theessential concepts of quantum ﬁeld theory in curved spacetime, and derive theUnruh and Hawking eﬀects. I conclude with a discussion of entropy from theEuclidean path integral point of view and in the context of the AdS/CFTcorrespondence. Originally delivered as a set of lectures at the PIMS summerschool “Strings, Gravity and Cosmology” in August 2004.