Thermodynamics of R-charged black holes in AdS5 from effective strings

Steven S. Gubser, Jonathan J. Heckman

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It is well known that the thermodynamics of certain near-extremal black holes in asymptotically flat space can be lifted to an effective string description created from the intersection of D-branes. In this paper we present evidence that the semiclassical thermodynamics of near-extremal R-charged black holes in AdS5 × S5 is described in a similar manner by effective strings created from the intersection of giant gravitons on the S5. We also present a free fermion description of the supersymmetric limit of the one-charge black hole, and we give a crude catalog of the microstates of the two and three-charge black holes in terms of operators in the dual conformal field theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1351-1368
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS-CFT and dS-CFT Correspondence
  • Black Holes in String Theory


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