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Black Hole Uniqueness Theorems - Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics 6 (Paperback)
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Black Hole Uniqueness Theorems - Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics 6 (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 25/07/1996
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This timely review provides a self-contained introduction to the mathematical theory of stationary black holes and a self-consistent exposition of the corresponding uniqueness theorems. The opening chapters examine the general properties of space-times admitting Killing fields and derive the Kerr-Newman metric. Strong emphasis is given to the geometrical concepts. The general features of stationary black holes and the laws of black hole mechanics are then reviewed. Critical steps towards the proof of the 'no-hair' theorem are then discussed, including the methods used by Israel, the divergence formulae derived by Carter, Robinson and others, and finally the sigma model identities and the positive mass theorem. The book is rounded off with an extension of the electro-vacuum uniqueness theorem to self-gravitating scalar fields and harmonic mappings. This volume provides a rigorous textbook for graduate students in physics and mathematics. It also offers an invaluable, up-to-date reference for researchers in mathematical physics, general relativity and astrophysics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521567350
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This work in the Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics series should be useful to everyone interested in stationary black hole systems. It contains copious references and provides easy access to a large amount of information about these systems as well as details of the uniqueness theorems themselves ... a welcome addition to the literature on black holes.' D. C. Robinson, Classical Quantum Gravity
'Students and researchers into Michell holes will find this text (in lecture form) invaluable.' A. D. Andrews, Irish Astronomical Journal
'Black Hole Uniqueness Theorems, is a valuable addition to the literature on the mathematical theory of stationary black holes ... The author has succeeded in presenting a self-contained account of black hole uniqueness theorems ... I can recommend this book strongly to readers interested in black holes.' Pawel O. Mazur, General Relativity and Gravitation

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