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Power-law corrections to entanglement entropy of horizons

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Shankaranarayanan,  Subramaniam
Quantum Gravity & Unified Theories, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Das, S., Shankaranarayanan, S., & Sur, S. (2008). Power-law corrections to entanglement entropy of horizons. Physical Review D, 77(6): 064013. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.77.064013.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-6309-5
Abstract
We reexamine the idea that the origin of black-hole entropy may lie in the entanglement of quantum fields between the inside and outside of the horizon. Motivated by the observation that certain modes of gravitational fluctuations in a black-hole background behave as scalar fields, we compute the entanglement entropy of such a field, by tracing over its degrees of freedom inside a sphere. We show that while this entropy is proportional to the area of the sphere when the field is in its ground state, a correction term proportional to a fractional power of area results when the field is in a superposition of ground and excited states. The area law is thus recovered for large areas. Further, we identify the location of the degrees of freedom that give rise to the above entropy.