The Galactic Black Hole

The Galactic Black Hole

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by H Falcke
     
 

The supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way is the nearest such object and relatively easy to observe and study. Not surprisingly therefore, it is the best studied supermassive black hole. Many astrophysical and even general relativistic effects can be investigated in great detail.

The Galactic Black Hole: Lectures on General Relativity and

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Overview

The supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way is the nearest such object and relatively easy to observe and study. Not surprisingly therefore, it is the best studied supermassive black hole. Many astrophysical and even general relativistic effects can be investigated in great detail.

The Galactic Black Hole: Lectures on General Relativity and Astrophysics provides a systematic introduction to the physics/astrophysics and mathematics of black holes at a level suitable for graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in physics, astrophysics, astronomy, and applied mathematics. The focus is mainly on the supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way but the results can be easily generalized taking it as an example. Leading international experts provide first-hand accounts of the observational and theoretical aspects of this black hole. Topics range from the properties of the Schwarzschild metric and the collapse of a black hole, to quantum gravity, and from the structure of the Galaxy to accretion of matter and the emission properties of the Galactic Center black hole.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750308373
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Series in High Energy Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation Series
Pages:
353
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
The Schwarzschild black hole: a general relativistic introduction
Christian Heinicke and Friedrich W. Hehl

The Milky Way: structure, constituents and evolution
Susanne Hüttemeister

The collapse to a black hole
Gernot Neugebauer

The environment of the galaxy's central black hole
Mark R. Morris

GENERAL RELATIVITY AND BLACK HOLES
Particles and fields near black holes
Valeri Frolov

Close encounters with black holes
Domenico Giulini

Quantum aspects of black holes
Claus Kiefer

OUR GALACTIC CENTER
The mass of the Galactic Center black hole
Andreas Eckart

Stars and singularities: stellar phenomena near a massive black hole
Tal Alexander

Black hole accretion models for the Galactic Center
Robert F. Coker

Radio and x-ray emission from the galactic black hole
Heino Falcke

Authors
Units and constants
Index

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