BLACK HOLES - AN INTRODUCTION

BLACK HOLES - AN INTRODUCTION

This introduction to the fascinating subject of black holes fills a significant gap in the literature which exists between popular, non-mathematical expositions and advanced textbooks at the research level. It is designed for advanced undergraduatesand first year postgraduates as a useful stepping-stone to the advanced literature. The book provides an accessible introduction to the exact solutions of Einsteins vacuum field equations describing spherical and axisymmetric (rotating) black holes.The geometry and physical properties of these spacetimes are explored through the motion of particles and light. The use of different coordinate systems, maximal extensions and Penrose diagrams is explained. The association of the surface area of ablack hole with its entropy is discussed and it is shown that with the introduction of quantum mechanics black holes cease to be black and can radiate. This result allows black holes to satisfy the laws of thermodynamics and thus be consistent with therest of physics.
Editora: IMPERIAL COLLEGE PRESS
ISBN: 1860945880
ISBN13: 9781860945885
Edição: 1ª Edição - 2005
Número de Páginas: 168
Acabamento: PAPERBACK
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