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Presented By: Department Colloquia

Department Colloquium | The Black Hole Information Paradox: A Resolution on the Horizon?

Netta Engelhardt (MIT)

The black hole information paradox — whether information escapes an evaporating black hole or not— remains one of the most longstanding mysteries of theoretical physics. The apparent conflict between validity of semiclassical gravity at low energies and unitarity of quantum mechanics has long been expected to find its resolution in a complete quantum theory of gravity. Recent developments in the holographic dictionary, and in particular its application to entanglement and complexity, however, have shown that a semiclassical analysis of gravitational physics can reproduce a hallmark feature of unitary evolution. I will describe this recent progress and discuss some promising indications of a full resolution of the information paradox.

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