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From the Publisher"This monograph provides a useful introduction to aspects of gravitational collapse and the developments of singularities."
Robert J. Low, Mathematical Reviews
General relativity predicts that continual gravitational collapse gives rise to a spacetime singularity, which may be hidden inside an event horizon or visible to external observers. This book investigates these issues, and shows how such visible ultra-dense regions arise naturally and generically as an outcome of dynamical gravitational collapse. Quantum gravity may take over in these regimes to resolve the classical spacetime singularity. The quantum effects from a visible extreme gravity region could then propagate to external observers, providing a useful laboratory for quantum gravity, and implying interesting consequences for ultra-high energy astrophysical phenomena in the universe.
This volume will be of interest to graduate students and academic researchers in gravitation physics and fundamental physics, as well as astrophysics and cosmology. It includes a review of recent research into gravitational collapse, and several examples of collapse models are worked out in detail.
About the Author:
Pankaj S. Joshi, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India