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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in Physics


Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Luca Bombelli

Second Advisor

Micah B. Milinovich

Third Advisor

Emanuele Berti

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In this dissertation we study black-hole horizons in general relativity and in Gauss-Bonnet gravity. We generalize Wald's "black-hole entropy is the Noether charge" construction to the first-order formalism of these theories. Next we construct the "membrane paradigm" for black objects in Gauss-Bonnet gravity and demonstrate how the horizon can be vieas a membrane with fluidlike properties. Holography is invoked to relate the transport coefficients obtained for the horizons in the membrane paradigm with the transport coefficients which describe the hydrodynamic limit of the boundary gauge theory.

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