Black Hole Physics: Basic Concepts and New Developments / Edition 1

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This volume on black holes can be seen as a sequel to Physics of Black Holes, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 1989. The authors are recognised experts in their field, and have many years' experience in teaching courses on general relativity and black holes.
The present work covers practically all aspects of black hole physics and its astrophysical applications. Among the topics treated in depth are: spacetime of stationary black holes, general theory of black holes, black hole perturbations, black hole numerics, black hole electrodynamics, black holes in unified theories of gravity, quantum black holes, final states of evaporating black holes and the information loss puzzle. Special attention is paid to the role of black holes in astrophysics and observational evidence of black hole existence. Many exotic subjects linked with black holes, such as white holes, wormholes, and time machines are discussed in detail. Numerous appendices cover mathematical aspects of general relativity and black holes and quantum field theory in curved space time. This makes the book practically self-contained. Extensive references provide the reader with a guide to the literature in this field.
Audience: This book will be of interest to researchers and postgraduate students whose work involves relativity and gravitation, statistical physics, thermodynamics, active galactic nuclei and stellar physics.

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'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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792351450
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 8/22/2007
  • Series: Fundamental Theories of Physics Series, #96
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 770
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. I. Basic Concepts. 1. Introduction: Brief History of Black Hole Physics. 2. Spherically Symmetric Black Holes. 3. Rotating Black Holes. 4. Black Hole Perturbations; (with N. Andersson). 5. General Properties of Black Holes. 6. Stationary Black Holes. 7. Physical Effects in the Gravitational Field of a Black Hole. 8. Black Hole Electrodynamics. 9. Astrophysics of Black Holes. II. Further Developments. 10. Quantum Particle Creation by Black Holes. 11. Quantum Physics of Black Holes. 12. Thermodynamics of Black Holes. 13. Black Holes in Unified Theories. 14. The Interior of a Black Hole. 15. Ultimate Fate of Black and White Holes. 16. Black Holes, Wormholes, and Time Machines. Conclusions. Appendices: A: Mathematical Formulas. B: Spherically Symmetric Spacetimes. C: Rindler Frame in Minkowski Spacetime. D: Kerr-Newman Geometry. E: Newman-Penrose Formalism. F: Wave Fields in a Curved Spacetime. G: Wave Fields in the Kerr Metric. H: Quantum Fields in Kerr Spacetime. I: Quantum Oscillator. Bibliography. Index.

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