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dc.contributor.authorAhmad, Syed Alwi B.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe need to construct a fermion quantum field theory in black-hole spacetimes is an acute one. The study of gravitational collapse necessitates the need of such. In this dissertation, we construct the theory of free fermions living on the static Schwarzschild black-hole and the rotating Kerr black-hole. The construction capitalises upon the fact that both black-holes are stationary axisymmetric solutions to Einstein's equation. A factorisability ansatz is developed whereby simple quantum modes can be found, for such stationary spacetimes with azimuthal symmetry. These modes are then employed for the purposes of a canonical quantisation of the corresponding fermionic theory. At the same time, we suggest that it may be impossible to extend a quantum field theory continuously across an event horizon. This split of a quantum field theory ensures the thermal character of the Hawking radiation. In our case, we compute and prove that the spectrum of neutrinos emitted from a black-hole via the Hawking process is indeed thermal. We also study fermion scattering amplitudes off the Schwarzschild black-hole.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectGeneral Relativityen_US
dc.subjectQuantum Field Theoryen_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V856 1997.A363en_US
dc.titleFermion Quantum Field Theory In Black-hole Spacetimesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairChang, Lay Namen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBlecher, Marvinen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMizutani, Tetsuroen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDennison, Brian K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTakeuchi, Tatsuen_US

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