This book is about black holes, one of the most intriguing objects of modern theoretical physics and astrophysics. For many years, black holes have been considered as interesting solutions of the Theory of General Relativity with a number of amusing mathematical properties. Now after the discovery of astrophysical black holes, the Einstein gravity has become an important tool for their study. 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.
Valeri Frolov is Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Physics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Andrei Zelnikov is Research Associate at the Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
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