Introduction to Black Hole Physics

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Oxford University Press, Sep 22, 2011 - Science - 488 pages
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This book is about black holes, one of the most intriguing objects of modern Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. For many years, black holes have been considered as interesting solutions of the theory of General Relativity with a number of amusing mathematical properties. Now after the discovery of astrophysical black holes, the Einstein gravity has become an important tool for their study. This self-contained textbook combines physical, mathematical, and astrophysical aspects of black hole theory. Pedagogically presented, it contains 'standard' material on black holes as well as relatively new subjects such as the role of hidden symmetries in black hole physics, and black holes in spacetimes with large extra dimensions. The book will appeal to students and young scientists interested in the theory of black holes.
  

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Contents

Big Picture
1
2 Physics in a Uniformly Accelerated Frame
47
3 Riemannian Geometry
67
4 Particle Motion in Curved Spacetime
109
5 Einstein Equations
127
6 Spherically Symmetric Black Holes
162
7 Particles and Light Motion in Schwarzschild Spacetime
185
8 Rotating Black Holes
242
Fundamental Constants and Units
408
GaussCodazzi Equations
410
Conformal Transformations
412
Hidden Symmetries
414
Boundary Term for the EinsteinHilbert Action
431
Quantum Fields
435
References
463
Index
477

9 Classical and Quantum Fields near Black Holes
298
10 Black Holes and All That Jazz
347

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About the author (2011)


Valeri Frolov is Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Physics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Andrei Zelnikov is Research Associate at the Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

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