Black Holes: The Membrane Paradigm

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Kip S. Thorne, Richard H. Price, Douglas A. MacDonald
Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1986 - Science - 367 pages
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A pedagogical introduction to the physics of black holes. The membrane paradigm represents the four-dimemnsional spacetime of the black hole's "event horizon" as a two-dimensional membrane in three-dimensional space, allowing the reader to understand and compute the behavior of black holes in complex astrophysical environments.
  

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Contents

Nonrotating and Slowly Rotating Holes
13
The Stretched Horizon of a Nonrotating or Slowly
27
Model Problems for Nonrotating and Slowly Rotating Holes
41
Rapidly Rotating Holes
67
B The 3+1 Split of the Laws of Physics outside a Rotating
81
The Stretched Horizon of a Rotating Hole
94
Astrophysical Applications of BlackHole
121
Qualitative Features of the BlackHole Magnetosphere
132
A Conceptual Foundations
182
Structure and Evolution of the Stretched Horizon
196
Summary of the laws of evolution of the stretched
234
B Rotating Perturbations
245
E Model Problems with Radially Moving Particles
268
The Thermal Atmosphere of a Black Hole
280
B The Physical Laws Governing Black Hole Atmospheres
286
Model Problems for BlackHole Atmospheres
314

Structure and Energetics of a Stationary Axisymmetric
138
Gravitational Interaction of a Black
146
B Model Problems for the Precession of Black Holes
171
References
341
Author Index
349
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Kip S. Thorne is a theoretical physicist, known for his contributions in gravitation physics and astrophysics and for having trained a generation of scientists. He is considered one of the few authorities on gravitational waves. He was the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech until 2009, when he resigned to pursue writing and filmmaking.

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