Gravitational Collapse and Spacetime Singularities

Gravitational Collapse and Spacetime Singularities

by Pankaj S. Joshi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521871042

ISBN-13: 9780521871044

Pub. Date: 01/07/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Physical phenomena in astrophysics and cosmology involve gravitational collapse in a fundamental way. The final fate of a massive star when it collapses under its own gravity at the end of its life cycle is one of the most important questions in gravitation theory and relativistic astrophysics, and is the foundation of black hole physics. General relativity

Overview

Physical phenomena in astrophysics and cosmology involve gravitational collapse in a fundamental way. The final fate of a massive star when it collapses under its own gravity at the end of its life cycle is one of the most important questions in gravitation theory and relativistic astrophysics, and is the foundation of black hole physics. General relativity predicts that continual gravitational collapse gives rise to a space-time singularity. Quantum gravity may take over in such regimes to resolve the classical space-time singularity. This book, first published in 2007, investigates these issues, and shows how the visible ultra-dense regions arise naturally and generically as an outcome of dynamical gravitational collapse. It will be of interest to graduate students and academic researchers in gravitation physics, fundamental physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. It includes a detailed review of research into gravitational collapse, and several examples of collapse models are investigated in detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521871044
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/07/2008
Series:
Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The spacetime manifold; 3. Spherical collapse; 4. Cosmic censorship; 5. Final fate of a massive star; References; Index.

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