Delicate windows into evaporating black holes

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We revisit the model of an AdS$_2$ black hole in JT gravity evaporating into an external bath. We study when, and how much, information about the black hole interior can be accessed through different portions of the Hawking radiation collected in the bath, and we obtain the corresponding full quantitative Page curves. As a refinement of previous results, we describe the island phase transition for a semi-infinite segment of radiation in the bath, establishing access to the interior for times within the regime of applicability of the model. For finite-size segments in the bath, one needs to include the purifier of the black hole microscopic dual together with the radiation segment in order to access the interior information. We identify four scenarios of the entropy evolution in this case, including a possibility where the interior reconstruction window is temporarily interrupted. Analyzing the phase structure of the Page curve of a finite segment with length comparable to the Page time, we demonstrate that it is very sensitive to changes of the parameters of the model. We also discuss the evolution of the subregion complexity of the radiation during the black hole evaporation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number80
Number of pages66
JournalThe Journal of high energy physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2023

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76 pages, 20 figures, 2 tables


  • hep-th
  • gr-qc


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