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Black Hole Physics : Basic Concepts and New Developments - Valeri P. Frolov

Black Hole Physics

Basic Concepts and New Developments

Paperback Published: 30th November 1998
ISBN: 9780792351467
Number Of Pages: 770

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It is not an exaggeration to say that one of the most exciting predictions of Einstein's theory of gravitation is that there may exist "black holes": putative objects whose gravitational fields are so strong that no physical bodies or signals can break free of their pull and escape. The proof that black holes do exist, and an analysis of their properties, would have a significance going far beyond astrophysics. Indeed, what is involved is not just the discovery of yet another even if extremely remarkable, astro­ physical object, but a test of the correctness of our understanding of the properties of space and time in extremely strong gravitational fields. Theoretical research into the properties of black holes, and into the possible corol­ laries of the hypothesis that they exist, has been carried out with special vigor since the beginning of the 1970's. In addition to those specific features of black holes that are important for the interpretation of their possible astrophysical manifestations, the theory has revealed a number of unexpected characteristics of physical interactions involving black holes. By the middle of the 1980's a fairly detailed understanding had been achieved of the properties of the black holes, their possible astrophysical manifestations, and the specifics of the various physical processes involved. Even though a completely reliable detection of a black hole had not yet been made at that time, several objects among those scrutinized by astrophysicists were considered as strong candidates to be confirmed as being black holes.

`What Frolov and Novikov's book does is present a relatively clear, encyclopedic disussion... its range is impressive... recommend [it] to any graduate student with a grounding in general relativity and an interest in gravitational physics or astrophysics... Frolov and Novikov's book does a very good job in explaing what we know about [black holes] today.'
Physics Today (July 2000)
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Preface
Basic Concepts
Introduction: Brief History of Black Hole Physics
Spherically Symmetric Black Holes
Rotating Black Holes
Black Hole Perturbations; (with N. Andersson)
General Properties of Black Holes
Stationary Black Holes
Physical Effects in the Gravitational Field of a Black Hole
Black Hole Electrodynamics
Astrophysics of Black Holes
Further Developments
Quantum Particle Creation by Black Holes
Quantum Physics of Black Holes
Thermodynamics of Black Holes
Black Holes in Unified Theories
The Interior of a Black Hole
Ultimate Fate of Black and White Holes
Black Holes, Wormholes, and Time Machines. Conclusions
Appendices:
Mathematical Formulas
Spherically Symmetric Spacetimes
Rindler Frame in Minkowski Spacetime
Kerr-Newman Geometry
Newman-Penrose Formalism
Wave Fields in a Curved Spacetime
Wave Fields in the Kerr Metric
Quantum Fields in Kerr Spacetime
Quantum Oscillator
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780792351467
ISBN-10: 0792351460
Series: Fundamental Theories of Physics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 770
Published: 30th November 1998
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.65  x 4.24
Weight (kg): 1.1

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