This topic just popped in some other thread, we will see few crucial aspects of this, to understand the possibility of HR actually evaporating the Black Hole. For base reference wiki can be referred. For HR. 1. The associated fluctuation is required to take place at just this side of Event Horizon. A. What is so special about EH or just near EH that such fluctuation to take place? For a very massive BH, the EH is as tidal free as any other region of space, no big deal curved space time at EH. B. Assuming that fluctuation does happen, then what is the probability of its occurring exactly on this side of EH? C. I read that event horizon is a 2 D entity, so what does this side of EH signify? D. This fluctuation must be random, no specific time interval can be assigned. Then what is the significance of calculating evaporation time, is it not a purely statistical exercise. 2. Which is a bigger effect? Absorption of CMBR by Black Hole or Hawking Radiation? If CMBR absorption is more then the beast would grow instead of evaporating?

From wiki link on Hawking Radiation. This is pertinent for Sr#2 of OP. "black hole of one solar mass (M☉) has a temperature of only 60 nanokelvins (60billionths of a kelvin); in fact, such a black hole would absorb far more cosmic microwave background radiation than it emits. A black hole of 4.5×1022 kg (about the mass of the Moon, or about 13 µm across) would be in equilibrium at 2.7 K, absorbing as much radiation as it emits. Yet smaller primordial black holes would emit more than they absorb and thereby lose mass."

So when Hawking was talking about evaporation he was talking about premordial black holes only where CMB absorption was less than Hawking Radiation emission.

As I understand it the required fluctuations occur all over the place, it's just near the hypothetical EH that the virtual particles can be physically separated.

That's nice, it suggest that gravity of BH near EH plays no role. "Separated" here in a sense one goes inside EH so gone for eternity and another this side of EH effectively increasing the non BH type Mass of universe. But there is a problem here in your proposition, the HR has a thermal characteristic which is dependent on BH Mass. So this fluctuation is BH specific.

I'm giving the "pop-sci" explanation, I don't claim to author it. In fact I have my own issues with this. Hell, even John Baez doesn't understand the popular explanation, check this out: http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/BlackHoles/hawking.html Anyway the quantum fluctuations are not affected by the type of BH, but they are affected by the tidal forces at the EH; that's why a small BH is hotter than a large one. It's popular to say that a large enough BH has zero tidal forces at the EH but that will never be strictly true.

In stricter sense there is no relationship between tidal forces at BH and BH temperature. Your conclusion is although correct but non sequitur. Thermodynamics around BH says that temperature is inversely proportional to mass. So a smaller BH will have higher temperature.

The tidal forces at the EH are inversely proportional to the mass of the BH...just as the temperature of the BH is inversely proportional to the mass of the BH. Therefore, the temperature of the BH is proportional to the tidal forces at the EH. It isn't a non sequitur, it's the layman's explanation of Hawking Radiation. If you're looking for a criticism of this explanation then how about this: what mechanism makes the antiparticle more likely to fall beyond the EH while the particle escapes to freedom? If the virtual particles were equally likely to fall through the EH then there would be no net mass change in the BH over time.

That criticism had occurred to me too, but then I found I had misunderstood the process and in fact it is not claimed that the antiparticles are preferentially sucked in. From what I read (there was correspondence on physics stack exchange about it, here: http://astronomy.stackexchange.com/...king-radiation-why-only-capture-anti-particle), equal numbers of particles and antiparticles are radiated, but it is the energy of the BH that is lost in this process: due to energy/mass equivalence, the mass of the BH declines as its energy is exported via the mass and energy of the created particles and antiparticles. To me, the key bit I do not understand so far is that the gravitation of the BH enables the virtual particles - which have a temporary existence in vacuum fluctuations and are in truth no more than disturbances in the field - to be somehow "boosted" into becoming real, permanent particles and antiparticles, i.e. pair production. I understand how very energetic interactions can result in pair production. But in this case it is a bit hard to envisage an "interaction" that only involves field disturbances in the vacuum and gravitation! I can only assume this is a nice piece of QED that is beyond me.

One way to think about "quantum fluctuations" is that they are a certain density of "noise" which propagates like all quantum fields do. So today's vacuum pair production is not an isolated blip but the deterministic cresting of the quantum fields which evolve from earlier field states. In such a model, the event horizon and space-time curvature induce different fates for those components of the noise that if it weren't for the horizon would skim the black hole. Such a model allows testing of the analogue of Hawking radiation in an analog to a black hole, looking for thermal spectrums of phonons in a medium which is undergoing a transition from subsonic to supersonic flow. http://link.springer.com/article/10.12942/lrr-2011-3 http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v12/n10/abs/nphys3863.html