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Quantum Fields in Curved Space by P. C. W. Davies, N. D. Birrell

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Quantum black holes

In January 1974, Hawking (1974) announced his celebrated result that black holes are not, after all, completely black, but emit radiation with a thermal spectrum due to quantum effects. This announcement proved to be a pivotal event in the development of the theory of quantum fields in curved spacetime, and greatly increased the attention given to this subject by other workers. In devoting an entire chapter to the topic of quantum black holes, we are reflecting the widespread interest in Hawking’s remarkable discovery.

With the presentation of all the major aspects of free quantum field theory in curved spacetime complete, we here deploy all the various techniques described in the foregoing chapters. The basic result – that ...

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