HET Seminar | Walter Goldberger, Yale University | "An Effective Field of Theory of Quantum Black Hole Horizons" | Bloomberg Lecture Hall, IAS | 2:30pm

Mon, Feb 10, 2020, 2:30 pm
Bloomberg Lecture Hall, IAS

I develop an effective theory which describes black holes with quantum mechanical horizons that is valid at scales long compared to the Schwarzschild radius but short compared to the lifetime of the black hole. The formalism allows one to calculate the quantum mechanical effects in scattering processes involving black hole asymptotic states. The EFT Wightman functions which describe Hawking radiation in the Unruh vacuum are not Planck suppressed and are actually enhanced relative to those in the Boulware vacuum, for which such radiation is absent. We elaborate on this point showing how the non-Planck suppressed effects of Hawking radiation cancel in classical observables. Applications to inelastic gravitational scattering of point particles off quantum black holes will be briefly discussed.