HET Seminar | Netta Engelhardt, MIT | "Finding Pythons in Unexpected Places" | Zoom

Nov 29, 2021, 2:30 pm2:30 pm
Event Description

We argue that novel (highly nonclassical) quantum extremal surfaces play a crucial role in reconstructing the black hole interior even for isolated, single-sided, non-evaporating black holes (i.e. with no auxiliary reservoir). Specifically, any code subspace where interior outgoing modes can be excited will have a quantum extremal surface in its maximally mixed state. We argue that as a result, reconstruction of interior outgoing modes is always exponentially complex. Our construction provides evidence in favor of a strong Python's lunch proposal: that nonminimal quantum extremal surfaces are the exclusive source of exponential complexity in the holographic dictionary.