Triangular Seminar Sameer Murthy (King's)
I will discuss the idea that a black hole in string theory is made up of a large number of microscopic constituents. For a class of black holes and black strings with extended supersymmetry, one has an exact counting formula for the number of states. I will sketch the idea and derivation of some of these formulas. I will then discuss applications to the AdS_2/CFT_1 and the AdS_3/CFT_2 correspondences.