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Friday, September 11th 2015
Speaker: Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Subject: Chaos in the Black Hole S-matrix

Statistical mechanics depends on chaos --- the sensitive dependence on initial conditions --- to produce ergodic mixing. It has been known for more than four decades that black holes satisfy thermodynamic laws, but the associated chaotic behavior has been discussed only recently. I review these developments, and extend them from eternal black holes to black holes that form and decay.

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