This self-contained textbook combines physical, mathematical, and astrophysical aspects of black hole theory. Pedagogically presented, it contains 'standard' material on black holes as well as relatively new subjects such as the role of hidden symmetries in black hole physics, and black holes in spacetimes with large extra dimensions. The book will appeal to students and young scientists interested in the theory of black holes.
1. Black Holes: Big Picture ; 2. Physics in a Uniformly Accelerated Frame ; 3. Riemannian Geometry ; 4. Particle Motion in Curved Spacetime ; 5. Einstein Equations ; 6. Spherically Symmetric Black Holes ; 7. Particles and Light Motion in Schwarzschild Spacetime ; 8. Rotating Black Holes ; 9. Classical and Quantum Fields near Black Holes ; 10. Black Holes and All That Jazz ; A. Fundamental Constants and Units ; B. Gauss-Codazzi Equations ; C. Conformal Transformations ; D. Hidden Symmetries ; E. Boundary Term for the Einstein-Hilbert Action ; F. Quantum Fields
Andrei Zelnikov is Research Associate at the Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Reviews for Introduction to Black Hole Physics
I am quite enthusiastic about this book, and I cannot wait to buy a copy for myself. It would be fun to teach a graduate course on black holes based on this book ... it has a remarkable breadth, and it strikes an appealing balance between astrophysics, physics, and mathematics of black holes. Alexander Kusenko, University of California at Los Angeles