Black Holes: The Membrane Paradigm

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Yale University Press, 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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University of Michigan

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