GRG Editor's Choice: Black hole thermodynamics – general relativity and beyond

© SpringerSarkar, S., Black hole thermodynamics: general relativity and beyond, Gen Relativ Gravit (2019) 51: 63.

Editor's Choice (Invited Report: Introduction to Current Research)

First Online: 11 May 2019


Black holes have often provided profound insights into the nature of gravity and the structure of space–time. The study of the mathematical properties of black objects is a major research theme of contemporary theoretical physics. This review presents a comprehensive survey of the various versions of the first law and second law of black hole mechanics in general relativity and beyond. The emphasis is to understand how these laws can constrain the physics beyond general relativity.

“The black holes of nature are the most perfect macroscopic objects there are in the universe: the only elements in their construction are our concepts of space and time.” 

.... Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.

The author: 

Sarkar GERG Coremedia © SpringerSudipta Sarkar is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. His research interests are Gravitation, Black hole physics, Thermodynamics and Quasi normal Modes, and Field Theory in Curved Space-time.

GRG Editor's Choice:

In each volume of GRG, a few papers are marked as “Editor’s Choice”. The primary criteria is original, high quality research that is of wide interest within the community. 

“Invited Reports: Introduction to Current Research” are shorter invited reviews, which summarize key ideas to the readership in other sub-areas of gravitational science.