## Abstract

The symplectic reduction of pure spherically symmetric (Schwarzschild) classical gravity in D space-time dimensions yields a two-dimensional phase space of observables consisting of the mass M (>0) and a canonically conjugate (Killing) time variable T. Imposing (mass-dependent) periodic boundary conditions in time on the associated quantum-mechanical plane waves which represent the Schwarzschild system in the period just before or during the formation of a black hole yields an energy spectrum of the hole which realizes the old Bekenstein postulate that the quanta of the horizon A_{D-2} are multiples of a basic area quantum. In the present paper it is shown that the phase space of such Schwarzschild black holes in D space-time dimensions is symplectomorphic to a symplectic manifold S={(φ ∈ R mod 2 π, p∝A_{D-2} ∈ R^{+})} with the symplectic form dφ∧dp. As the action of the group SO^{↑}(1,2) on that manifold is transitive, effective and Hamiltonian, it can be used for a group theoretical quantization of the system. The area operator p for the horizon corresponds to the generator of the compact subgroup SO(2) and becomes quantized accordingly: The positive discrete series of the irreducible unitary representations of the group SO^{↑}(1,2) yields an (horizon) area spectrum ∝(k+n), where k=1,2, . . . , characterizes the representation and n=0,1,2, . . . , the number of area quanta. If one employs the unitary representations of the universal covering group of SO^{↑}(1,2), the number k can take any fixed positive real value (θ parameter). The unitary representations of the positive discrete series provide concrete Hilbert spaces for quantum Schwarzschild black holes.

Original language | English (US) |
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Article number | 044026 |

Pages (from-to) | 1-20 |

Number of pages | 20 |

Journal | Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology |

Volume | 62 |

Issue number | 4 |

State | Published - Aug 15 2000 |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)