## Abstract

We review the arguments that fundamental string states are in one to one correspondence with black hole states. We demonstrate the power of the assumption by showing that it implies that the statistical entropy of a wide class of nonextreme black holes occurring in string theory is proportional to the horizon area. However, the numerical coefficient relating the area and entropy only agrees with the Bekenstein-Hawking formula if the central charge of the string is six which does not correspond to any known string theory. Unlike the current D-brane methods the method used in this paper is applicable for the case of Schwarzschild and highly non-extreme charged black holes.

Original language | American English |
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Pages (from-to) | 15-20 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics |

Volume | 401 |

Issue number | 1-2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 22 May 1997 |

Externally published | Yes |

### Bibliographical note

Funding Information:We would like to thank G.W. Gibbons, S.R. Das and G. Mandal for discussions.W e would also like to thank J. Maldacena, S.D. Mathur and S. de Alwis for discussions and especially for pointing out that agreement with the Hawking Bekenstein formula requires c = 6. The work of B.K and L.S. is supportedb y NSF grant PHY-9219345. The work of A.R is supportedi n part by the Departmento f Energy under contract no. DE-AC03-76SF005 15.