Physics Colloquium: Prof Jacob Bekenstein (Racah Institute of Physics)

Start: May 14, 2014 04:00 PM
End: May 14, 2014 05:00 PM

Bekenstein Colloquium - 11.6.2014

'Black Hole Thermodynamics - Then and Now'

Date: Weds 11th June

Time: 4pm

Location: The lecture will take place in the Medawar G01 Lankester LT, UCL


"Black hole thermodynamics was developed about 40 years ago to solve certain paradoxes arising in the then incipient subject of black hole physics. After reviewing the background on black holes I will describe in easy steps how this thermodynamics was constructed, and how its predictions were confirmed - at least at the theoretical level. As time permits I will then describe some issues of current interest (information "paradox", holographic principle, entropy bounds, black hole spectrum) to which black hole thermodynamics has contributed."


Professor Jacob Bekenstein, a native of Mexico City, obtained his PhD from Princeton University in 1972. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 1974 moved to the then new Ben Gurion University in Israel where he became full professor in 1978 and the Arnow Professor of Astrophysics in 1983. In 1990 he moved to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he has been (since 1993) the Polak Professor of Theoretical Physics. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences (since 1997) and laureate of the Israel Prize in physics (2005) and the Wolf Prize in physics (2012). His scientific interests include gravitational theory, black hole physics, relativistic magnetohydrodynamics, galactic dynamics, and the physical aspects of information theory. He is currently on a short sabbatical leave at UCL jointly in the astrophysics group and the quantum information group.