Black Holes

  • Dieter LüstEmail author
  • Ward Vleeshouwers
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)


We will now introduce the central objects of interest, namely, black holes. These arise from gravitational collapse of an object with some mass which is compressed into a small region of space-time. It is characterized by a curvature singularity at the origin which is ‘screened’ to outside observers by a coordinate singularity at finite radial distance. This coordinate singularity is known as the event horizon, which will be seen to exhibit deep connections with thermodynamic systems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arnold-Sommerfeld-CenterLudwig-Maximilians-UniversitaetMunichGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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