Gravitation, Following the Prague Inspiration: A Volume in Celebration of the 60th Birthday of Jiří Bičák

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World Scientific, 2002 - Science - 323 pages
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This volume is dedicated to Jirí Bičák on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The authors are his former students who currently work in the fields of general relativity, astrophysics, theoretical physics and cosmology. Unlike in traditional Festschrifts with many short contributions, they present several comprehensive surveys and elaborate original works. The subjects range from the motion of stars in galactic nuclei to quantum mechanics on a boundary, and include current topics such as cosmological perturbations, effects of a repulsive cosmological constant, discs around black holes and gravitational waves. An unconventional introductory essay revives Prague's inspirations as personified by Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Christian Doppler, Ernst Mach, Albert Einstein and others.
 

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Contents

Slowly rotating voids in cosmology and Machs principle
1
The role of a repulsive cosmological constant
27
Stellar dynamics in a galactic centre
85
Towards gravitating discs around stationary black holes
111
Optical geometry inertial forces and embedding diagrams
161
Appearance of approximated models of rotating neutron
193
Exact impulsive gravitational waves in spacetimes
205
On the spinning Cmetric
247
Twisting Minkowski plane into a cone
263
The semiclassical Einstein equations
281
Boundary quantum mechanics
289
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