Black Holes: The Membrane Paradigm

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Kip S. Thorne, Richard H. Price, Douglas A. MacDonald
Yale University Press, 1986 - Science - 367 pages
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This pedagogical introduction to the physics of black holes emphasizes the "membrane paradigm”, which translates the mathematics and physics of black holes into a form accessible to readers with little knowledge of general relativity but a solid grounding in nonrelativistic physics.  This is accomplished without resort to approximations or loss of content.  
Instead of treating a black hole’s "event horizon” as a globally defined null surface in four-dimensional space time, the paradigm views it as a two-dimensional membrane in three-dimensional space.  Made of viscous fluid, electrically charged and conducting, with finite entropy and temperature but no power to conduct heat, this membrane is seen as having familiar properties that enable the reader to understand intuitively and compute quantitatively 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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