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Quantum Hall Effect and Black Hole Entropy in Loop Quantum Gravity

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Referee this paper: [arXiv:1208.3335]

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In LQG, black hole horizons are described by 2+1 dimensional boundaries of a bulk 3+1 dimensional spacetime. The horizon is endowed with area by lines of gravitational flux which pierce the surface. As is well known, counting of the possible states associated with a given set of punctures allows us to recover the famous Bekenstein-Hawking area law according to which the entropy of a black hole is proportional to the area of the associated horizon $ S_{BH} \propto A_{Hor} $. It is also known that the dynamics of the horizon degrees of freedom is described by the Chern-Simons action of a $\mathfrak{su(2)}$ (or $\mathfrak{u(1)}$ after a certain gauge fixing) valued gauge field $A_{\mu}^i$. Recent numerical work which performs the state-counting for punctures, from first-principles, reveals a step-like structure in the entropy-area relation. We argue that both the presence of the Chern-Simons action and the step-like structure in the entropy-area curve are indicative of the fact that the effective theory which describes the dynamics of punctures on the horizon is that of the Quantum Hall Effect.

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paper authored Aug 16, 2012 to lqg-bh-entropy by  (no author on PO assigned yet) 
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    recategorized Aug 28, 2014 by dimension10

    @DeepakVaid It appears that you have cited Entropy of Non-extremal black holes from loop gravity, so you may be interested in Lubos's review of the citation here (originally on his blog). Please don't be offended by the first line of his post : )

    Thanks for that link, @dimension10. Unfortunately, Lubos' is afflicted with some sort of LQG-phobia, so I can't really take anything he says on the topic seriously. His "review" is little more than a collection of snide remarks. Its a loss for physics, actually. Someone with his intellect could contribute so much towards bringing string and lqg into a unified framework, if only he could drop his irrational fears of LQG and actually study the subject! BTW plz feel free to ask any - no matter how seemingly trivial - questions about my work.

    Phil Gibbs is somewhat interested in the unification of strings and LQG ...

    Maybe he would be willing to look at your work in detail and write a review, if you ask him (on his blog for example)? He is also on PhysicsOverflow but I am not sure how often he looks on the site.

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