Introduction to Black Hole Physics

Paperback | March 25, 2015

byValeri P. Frolov, Andrei Zelnikov

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This book is about black holes, one of the most intriguing objects of modern theoretical physics and astrophysics. For many years, black holes have been considered as interesting solutions of the Theory of General Relativity with a number of amusing mathematical properties. Now after thediscovery of astrophysical black holes, the Einstein gravity has become an important tool for their study. This self-contained textbook combines physical, mathematical, and astrophysical aspects of black hole theory. Pedagogically presented, it contains "standard" material on black holes as well asrelatively new subjects such as the role of hidden symmetries in black hole physics, and black holes in spacetimes with large extra dimensions. The book will appeal to students and young scientists interested in the theory of black holes.

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This book is about black holes, one of the most intriguing objects of modern theoretical physics and astrophysics. For many years, black holes have been considered as interesting solutions of the Theory of General Relativity with a number of amusing mathematical properties. Now after thediscovery of astrophysical black holes, the Einst...

Valeri Frolov is Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Physics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Andrei Zelnikov is Research Associate at the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:March 25, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198729111

ISBN - 13:9780198729112

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Table of Contents

1. Black Holes: Big Picture2. Physics in a Uniformly Accelerated Frame3. Riemannian Geometry4. Particle Motion in Curved Spacetime5. Einstein Equations6. Spherically Symmetric Black Holes7. Particles and Light Motion in Schwarzschild Spacetime8. Rotating Black Holes9. Classical and Quantum Fields near Black Holes10. Black Holes and All That JazzA Fundamental Constants and UnitsB Gauss-Codazzi EquationsC Conformal TransformationsD Hidden SymmetriesE Boundary Term for the Einstein-Hilbert ActionF Quantum Fields

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"I am quite enthusiastic about this book, and I cannot wait to buy a copy for myself. It would be fun to teach a graduate course on black holes based on this book ... it has a remarkable breadth, and it strikes an appealing balance between astrophysics, physics, and mathematics of blackholes." --Alexander Kusenko, University of California at Los Angeles