Astrophysics of Black Holes: From Fundamental Aspects to Latest Developments

Front Cover
Cosimo Bambi
Springer, Jul 28, 2016 - Science - 207 pages

This book discusses the state of the art of the basic theoretical and observational topics related to black hole astrophysics. It covers all the main topics in this wide field, from the theory of accretion disks and formation mechanisms of jet and outflows, to their observed electromagnetic spectrum, and attempts to measure the spin of these objects. Black holes are one of the most fascinating predictions of general relativity and are currently a very hot topic in both physics and astrophysics. In the last five years there have been significant advances in our understanding of these systems, and in the next five years it should become possible to use them to test fundamental physics, in particular to predict the general relativity in the strong field regime. The book is both a reference work for researchers and a textbook for graduate students.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


1 Black Hole Accretion Discs
2 Transient Black Hole Binaries
Theory and Observation
Formation and Their Interaction with ISM
5 A Brief Review of Relativistic Gravitational Collapse
Appendix A General Relativity in a Nutshell
A2 Einstein Equations
A3 Schwarzschild Solution
A4 Kerr Solution

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2016)


Prof. Cosimo Bambi is currently Xie Xide Junior Chair Professor at the Department of Physics of Fudan University, in Shanghai. He received the PhD from Ferrara University (Italy) in 2007. He was a postdoc at Wayne State University (Michigan), at IPMU at The University of Tokyo (Japan), at LMU Munich (Germany). He has published about 90 research papers and has more than 2,000 citations. His H-index is 29.

Chapter authors:

Jean-Pierre LASOTA – HIRSZOWICZ is Directeur de Recherche Emerite; Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. He has 240 scientific publications and 7170 citations by Jan. 2014.

Tomaso Belloni is "Primo Ricercatore" at INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera since 1999. He published 566 articles (262 on refereed journals) with 10,606 citations. His H-index is 47. He is referee of all major international astronomical journals.

Matthew Middleton is currently Ernest Rutherford STFC Fellow at the IoA, University of Cambridge. He has published 45 articles with H-index of 17.

Feng Yuan is a professor and the director of Research Center for Galaxy and Cosmology,
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. He has published more than 60 journal articles, and the total citations are more than 2000.

Daniele Malafarina is currently assistant professor at the School of Science and Technology of Nazarbayev University, Astana (Kazakhstan). He has published over 30 articles, including an invited review article.

Bibliographic information