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An Introduction to Astrophysical Black Holes and Their Dynamical Production

  • Luciano RezzollaEmail author
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 905)

Abstract

Astrophysical black-hole candidates provide the most abundant, and possibly the only, evidence of the existence of black holes in nature. These lectures are aimed at providing a basic theoretical introduction to the mathematical properties of astrophysical black holes and to the dynamical processes leading to their formation. In particular, I will first concentrate on the process of gravitational collapse as this will illustrate how an isolated black hole can be produced under rather general physical conditions. Next, I will discuss how the properties of a black hole can be investigated by studying the motion of test particles and the various classes of orbits they follow. Finally, I will consider the process of formation of a black hole from the merger of a binary system of black holes. In particular, I will show that it is possible to predict the mass and spin of the final black hole simply in terms of the properties of the two initial black holes.

Keywords

Black Hole Event Horizon Circular Orbit Orbital Angular Momentum Apparent Horizon 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

It is a pleasure to thank the organizers of a very interesting school. I am grateful go to Francesco Haardt, Ugo Moschella, and Vittorio Gorini for their invaluable help in transforming my scattered hand-written notes into something readable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Frankfurt Institute for Advanced StudiesFrankfurt am MainGermany

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