Title: Classical and thermodynamic stability of black holes
Author: Monteiro, Ricardo
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2010
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Supervisor: Hawking, Stephen Sponsor: losophical Society
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
We consider the stability of black holes within both classical general relativity and the semiclassical thermodynamic description. In particular, we study linearised perturbations and their contribution to the gravitational partition function, addressing technical issues for charged (Reissner-Nordstrom) and rotating (Kerr-AdS) black holes. Exploring the connection between classical and thermodynamic stability, we find classical instabilities of Myers-Perry black holes and bifurcations to new black hole families.
Keywords: Black holes ; Higher-dimensional gravity