Abstract: I demonstrate that black hole dynamics simplifies – without trivializing – in the limit in which the number of spacetime dimensions D in which the black holes live is taken to infinity. In the strict large D limit and under certain conditions I show the equations that govern black hole dynamics reduce to the equations describing the dynamics of a non gravitational membrane propagating in an unperturbed spacetime (e.g. flat space). In the stationary limit black hole thermodynamics maps to membrane thermodynamics, which we formulate in a precise manner. We also demonstrate that the large D black hole membrane agrees with the fluid gravity map in the appropriate regime.
02/17/2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm