How to Fall into a Black Hole


Verlinde, H. (2013). How to Fall into a Black Hole. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/13010020


Verlinde, Herman. How to Fall into a Black Hole. Perimeter Institute, Jan. 29, 2013, https://pirsa.org/13010020


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:13010020,
            doi = {10.48660/13010020},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/13010020},
            author = {Verlinde, Herman},
            keywords = {Quantum Fields and Strings},
            language = {en},
            title = {How to Fall into a Black Hole},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2013},
            month = {jan},
            note = {PIRSA:13010020 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Herman Verlinde Princeton University


In this talk I investigate the "firewall argument", that claims that black hole horizons can not be smooth. Using a holographic model of the black hole horizon as a quantum mechanical membrane, I  show how  to recover the black hole interior as an emergent smooth region of space-time. The reconstruction makes  use of the formalism of quantum error correcting codes. I explain why the horizon of very old black holes  appears to be singular, and formulate a complementarity principle that resolves this firewall paradox.