Functional determinants, index theorems, and exact quantum black hole entropy

Sameer Murthy, Valentin Reys

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The exact quantum entropy of BPS black holes can be evaluated using localization in supergravity. An important ingredient in this program, that has been lacking so far, is the one-loop effect arising from the quadratic fluctuations of the exact deformation (the QV operator). We compute the fluctuation determinant for vector multiplets and hyper multiplets around Q-invariant off-shell configurations in four-dimensional N=2 supergravity with AdS 2 × S 2 boundary conditions, using the Atiyah-Bott fixed-point index theorem and a subsequent zeta function regularization. Our results extend the large-charge on-shell entropy computations in the literature to a regime of finite charges. Based on our results, we present an exact formula for the quantum entropy of BPS black holes in N=2 supergravity. We explain cancellations concerning 18 -BPS black holes in N=8 supergravity that were observed in arXiv:1111.1161. We also make comments about the interpretation of a logarithmic term in the topological string partition function in the low energy supergravity theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-41
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Early online date4 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


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