The Kerr spacetime : rotating black holes in general relativity
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 English.
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 Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
 Physical description
 xvi, 362 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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 Includes bibliographical references and index.
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 List of illustrations Contributors Foreword Part I. General Relativity: Classical Studies of the Kerr Geometry: 1. The Kerr spacetime: a brief introduction Matt Visser 2. The Kerr and KerrSchild metrics Roy P. Kerr 3. Roy Kerr and twistor theory Roger Penrose 4. Global and local problems solved by the Kerr metric Brandon Carter 5. Four decades of black hole uniqueness theorems David C. Robinson 6. Raytraced visualisations Benjamin R. Lewis, Susan M. Scott Part II. Astrophysics: The Ongoing Observational Revolution: 7. The ergosphere and dyadosphere of the Kerr black hole Remo Ruffini 8. Supermassive Black Holes Fulvio Melia 9. The Xray spectra of accreting Kerr black holes Andrew C. Fabian, Giovanni Miniutti 10. Cosmological flashes from rotating black holes Maurice H.P.M. van Putten Part III. Quantum Gravity: Rotating Black Holes at the Theoretical Frontiers: 11. Horizon constraints and black hole entropy Steve Carlip 12. Higher dimensional generalizations of the Kerr black hole Gary T. Horowitz Part IV. Appendices: 13. Gravitational field of a spinning mass ... Roy P. Kerr 14. Gravitational collapse and rotation Roy P. Kerr Index.
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 Rotating black holes, as described by the Kerr spacetime, are the key to understanding the most violent and energetic phenomena in the Universe, from the core collapse of massive supernova explosions producing powerful bursts of gamma rays, to supermassive black hole engines that power quasars and other active galactic nuclei. This book is a unique, comprehensive overview of the Kerr spacetime, with original contributions and historical accounts from researchers who have pioneered the theory and observation of black holes, and Roy Kerr's own description of his 1963 discovery. It covers all aspects of rotating black holes, from mathematical relativity to astrophysical applications and observations, and current theoretical frontiers. This book provides an excellent introduction and survey of the Kerr spacetime for researchers and graduate students across the spectrum of observational and theoretical astrophysics, general relativity, and highenergy physics.
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 Publication date
 2009
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 edited by David L. Wiltshire, Matt Visser, Susan M. Scott.
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 Lectures delivered at Kerr Fest : a symposium on black holes in astrophysics, general relativity and quantum gravity, held at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, N.Z., in Aug. 2004 in honor of Dr. Roy Kerr.
 ISBN
 0521885124
 9780521885126