Black holes and Boyle's law - The thermodynamics of the cosmological constant

Brian P Dolan

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Abstract

When the cosmological constant, Lambda, is interpreted as a thermodynamic variable in the study of black hole thermodynamics a very rich structure emerges. It is natural to interpret Lambda as a pressure and define the thermodynamically conjugate variable to be the thermodynamic volume of the black hole (which need not bear any relation to the geometric volume). Recent progress in this new direction for black hole thermodynamics is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1540002
Number of pages20
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Volume30
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2015

Keywords

  • Black holes
  • thermodynamics
  • cosmological constant
  • pressure
  • critical point
  • P-V CRITICALITY
  • EXTENDED PHASE-SPACE
  • BORN-INFELD GRAVITY
  • GENERAL-RELATIVITY
  • EHRENFEST SCHEME
  • 1ST LAW
  • FIELD-THEORIES
  • ENERGY
  • GEOMETRY
  • ENTROPY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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