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Introduction to Black Hole Physics$
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Valeri P. Frolov and Andrei Zelnikov

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692293.001.0001

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Black Holes: Big Picture

Black Holes: Big Picture

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(p.1) 1 Black Holes: Big Picture
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Introduction to Black Hole Physics
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Valeri P. Frolov

Andrei Zelnikov

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692293.003.0001

Gravity is the weakest interaction known in the Physics. Nevertheless it plays the leading role in astrophysics and cosmology. We discuss specific properties of gravity, explaining why it happens, and introduce the notion of a black hole. We describe final states of a star evolution and conditions, when a massive star collapses and forms a black hole. The Chapter contains also a brief review of the astrophysical evidences of the black hole existence, and describes methods used for identification of stellar mass and supermassive black holes. At the end of this Chapter we review the status of black holes in the modern theoretical physics, unsolved problems of black hole physics, and new ideas how to use black holes as probes of extra dimensions.

Keywords:   astrophysical black holes, binary systems, supermassive black holes, extra dimensions

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