
Ph.D Institution and Year:
University of Chicago, 1988
Research Area:
Classical and Quantum Gravity and String Theory
Research Interest:
My research focuses on aspects of classical and quantum gravity in the
context of string theory. String theory attempts to unify particle
physics with general relativity at the quantum level. From a gravity
point of view, string theory introduces many intriguing new elements 
extra dimensions, supersymmetry, higher pform gauge fields & pbranes,
as well as the higher curvature interactions expected in any quantum
theory of gravity. A great deal of effort has gone into understanding
how these new features modify the strong gravitational fields of black
holes.
One particular current interest of mine is examining whether the second
law of black hole thermodynamics continues to hold in the presence of
higher curvature corrections. In general relativity, the second law
follows from Hawking's celebrated area theorem, which says that the area
of a black hole's event horizon always increases in time. Proving, or
disproving, an analogue of this theorem in higher curvature gravity
will require generalizing Raychaudhuri's classical theorem on the
focusing of null geodesics.
Selected Publications:
 Stresses and Strains in the First Law for KaluzaKlein Black Holes,
David Kastor and Jennie Traschen, Published in JHEP 0609:022,2006.
Archive: hepth/0607051
 On black strings and branes in Lovelock gravity, David Kastor and
Robert Mann, Published in JHEP 0604:048,2006.
Archive: hepth/0603168
 Conserved gravitational charges from Yano tensor, David Kastor and
Jennie Traschen, Published in JHEP 0408:045,2004.
Archive: hepth/0406052
 From wrapped M branes to CalabiYau black holes and strings, David
Kastor,
Published in JHEP 0307:040,2003.
Archive: hepth/0305261
 A Positive energy theorem for asymptotically de Sitter spacetimes,
David Kastor and Jennie Traschen, Published in
Class.Quant.Grav.19:59015920,2002.Archive: hepth/0206105
Publications From Spires
