Gravitational Collapse and Spacetime Singularities

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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 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 recent research into gravitational collapse, and several examples of collapse models are investigated in detail.

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"This monograph provides a useful introduction to aspects of gravitational collapse and the developments of singularities."
Robert J. Low, Mathematical Reviews
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Meet the Author

Pankaj S. Joshi is Senior Professor at the School of Natural Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India. His research interests include gravitation and cosmology, space-time structure and quantum gravity, and relativistic astrophysics and general relativity. Professor Joshi has an excellent international reputation for his work in the field of gravitational collapse.

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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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