SERC School on Black Holes and Information

This course will cover the physics of black holes, leading up to the information paradox. The first few lectures will cover the classical aspects of black holes: the form of the solutions, and various classical phenomenon associated with black holes, leading up to black hole thermodynamics.

In the second part of the course, we will consider quantum aspects of black holes. Starting with a review of QFT in curved space, we will review Hawking's derivation of radiation from black holes and how this leads to a seeming paradox, called the information paradox.

In the third and last part of this course, we will review modern developments in the information paradox, and consider some proposed solutions.

The course involves 9 lectures from 26 November to 5 December 2015.