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Introduction to Black Hole Physics


By: Valeri P Frolov and Andrei Zelnikov

504 pages, 123 b/w line drawings

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Sep 2011 | #195646 | ISBN-13: 9780199692293
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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 the discovery 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 as relatively 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.


1: Black Holes: Big Picture
2: Physics in a Uniformly Accelerated Frame
3: Riemannian Geometry
4: Particles Motion in Curved Spacetime
5: Einstein Equations
6: Spherically Symmetric Black Holes
7: Particles and Light Motion in Schwarzschild Spacetime
8: Rotating Black Holes
9: Classical and Quantum Fields near Black Holes
10: Black Holes and All That Jazz

A: Fundamental Constants and Units
B: Gauss-Codazzi Equations
C: Conformal Transformations
D: Hidden Symmetries
E: Boundary Term for the Einstein-Hilbert Action
F: Quantum Fields

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