Black hole information versus locality

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We discuss the limitations on space-time measurement in the Schwarzchild metric. We find that near the horizon the limitations on the space-time measurement are of the order of the black-hole radius. We suggest that it indicates that a large-mass black hole cannot be described by means of local-field theory even at macroscopic distances and that any attempt to describe black hole formation and evaporation by means of an effective local-field theory will necessarily lead to information loss. We also present a new interpretation of the black-hole entropy that leads to [Formula presented], where [Formula presented] is a constant of order 1 that does not depend on the number of fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1563
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996


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