TY - JOUR

T1 - Black holes and quantum mechanics

AU - t Hooft, G.

N1 - Proc. 48th Internationale.Universitatswochen fur Theoretische Physik, Schladming, Feb., March 2010, W.Plessas and W.Schweiger ed.

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - After a brief review of quantum black hole physics, it is shown how the dynamical properties of a quantum
black hole may be deduced to a large extent from Standard Model Physics, extended to scales near the Planck
length, and combined with results from perturbative quantum gravity. Together, these interactions generate a
Hilbert space of states on the black hole horizon, which can be investigated, displaying interesting systematics by
themselves. To make such approaches more powerful, a study is made of the black hole complementarity principle,
from which one may deduce the existence of a hidden form of local conformal invariance. Finally, the question
is raised whether the principles underlying Quantum Mechanics are to be sharpened in this domain of physics as
well. There are intriguing possibilities.

AB - After a brief review of quantum black hole physics, it is shown how the dynamical properties of a quantum
black hole may be deduced to a large extent from Standard Model Physics, extended to scales near the Planck
length, and combined with results from perturbative quantum gravity. Together, these interactions generate a
Hilbert space of states on the black hole horizon, which can be investigated, displaying interesting systematics by
themselves. To make such approaches more powerful, a study is made of the black hole complementarity principle,
from which one may deduce the existence of a hidden form of local conformal invariance. Finally, the question
is raised whether the principles underlying Quantum Mechanics are to be sharpened in this domain of physics as
well. There are intriguing possibilities.

U2 - 10.1126/science.1221693

DO - 10.1126/science.1221693

M3 - Article

SN - 0920-5632

VL - 203-204

SP - 155

EP - 174

JO - Nuclear physics. B, proceedings supplement

JF - Nuclear physics. B, proceedings supplement

ER -