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Firewalls From Double Purity

Date Added: Aug 2013
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The firewall paradox is often presented as arising from double entanglement, but the author argues that more generally the paradox is double purity. Near-horizon modes are purified by the interior, in the infalling vacuum. Hence they cannot also be pure alone, or in combination with any third system, as demanded by unitarity. This conflict arises independently of the Page time, for entangled and for pure states. It implies that identifications of Hilbert spaces cannot resolve the paradox.