Black Holes: The Membrane Paradigm
Kip S. Thorne, Richard H. Price, Douglas A. MacDonald
Yale University Press, 1986 - Science - 367 pages
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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The Stretched Horizon of a Nonrotating or Slowly
Model Problems for Nonrotating and Slowly Rotating Holes
Rapidly Rotating Holes
B The 3+1 Split of the Laws of Physics outside a Rotating
The Stretched Horizon of a Rotating Hole
Astrophysical Applications of BlackHole
Qualitative Features of the BlackHole Magnetosphere
A Conceptual Foundations
Structure and Evolution of the Stretched Horizon
Summary of the laws of evolution of the stretched
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E Model Problems with Radially Moving Particles
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Model Problems for BlackHole Atmospheres
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