## Abstract

We discuss why classical hair is desirable for the description of black holes, and show that it arises generically in a wide class of field theories involving extra dimensions. We develop the canonical formalism for theories with the matter content that arises in string theory. General covariance and duality are used to determine the form of surface terms. We derive an effective theory (reduced Hamiltonian) for the hair in terms of horizon variables. Solution of the constraints expresses these variables in terms of hair accessible to an observer at infinity. We exhibit some general properties of the resulting theory, including a formal identification of the temperature and entropy. The Cvetič-Youm dyon is described in some detail as an important example.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 627-644 |

Number of pages | 18 |

Journal | Nuclear Physics B |

Volume | 475 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Sep 16 1996 |

Externally published | Yes |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Nuclear and High Energy Physics