A black hole is a volume from which photons, or any matter, can not escape. More formally, the coordinate speed of light at the event horizon - the boundary of a black hole - is zero, as measured by a sufficiently separated observer.

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Gravitation, light and black holes

I have few basic misunderstandings about black holes. I know that heavy mass causes a curved space time around it, what i don't understand is if this mass is a star and it becomes a black hole, why ...
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Black hole's singularity: Does it has to be multi-dimensional?

We assume that there is an infinite density at the center of a black hole. But we also know that if it was really infinite, it would apply an infinite gravitational force to masses even if they were ...
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Can the event horizon save conservation laws for black holes?

How reasonable it it to conclude that, from a remote observer’s frame, matter falling towards a black hole never crosses the event horizon, because ∆ t → 0 as v → c (according to the Lorentz ...
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When does a singularity start to exist during a black hole formation?

Excuse me if the question is naïve. I am not a physicist. Let's imagine formation of a black hole from a homogeneous collapsing star. At certain moment when enough of matter is inside of a small ...
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Since the horizon of a Nonstationary isolated black hole is a closed surface, how can gravitational waves be generated?

I understand this is from numerical calculations in GR. I have not seen them. Can anyone elucidate on what generates the GW waves - I know that deformities (anything moments higher than dipole) will ...
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What are black holes made of, and if one “eats” enough, will it cease being a black hole?

I kind of already know the answer to the second part (which must be 'yes'), but I'd still like to know what black holes essentially are. Are they made out of a special material to have density as high ...
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Interior material and spacetime of a black hole described from outside

This question is mostly about general relativity. Answers regarding the quantum physics behind it are also appreciated, but first I would prefer solutions from a relativistic viewpoint. If you ...
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Speed of stuff falling into a black hole, beyond the event horizon [duplicate]

We know the escape velocity from the event horizon (EH) $= c$. Anything that crosses the EH is destined to reach the singularity. Whether the escape velocity (beyond the EH) can be calculated, or not, ...
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What happens to a particle in the exact center of a Kerr black hole?

Kerr black holes (and Kerr-Newman black holes), instead of the "point" singularity theorized in spherically symmetric black holes, instead have a "ring" singularity, spread along the equatorial plane ...
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Do magnetic fields exist beyond the gravity of a black hole?

http://www.sciencealert.com/the-magnetic-field-just-outside-our-black-hole-has-been-studied-for-the-first-time reported strong magnetic fields escape out of black holes. Does that rule out photons ...
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Does anything exist between singularity and the event horizon of a black hole

It is said that anything that falls into the event horizon, quickly reaches the singularity. That would imply - there should be nothing between event horizon, and the singularity. Is that true? If ...
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A ball in the gravity potential field of a black hole — seems a paradox

As illustrated in the following diagram (A, B, C, D are 4 specified space points, and C is close to a black hole), a small ball at distance of a black hole is stationary (suppose now it's mass is m0) ...
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Event horizon, and Hawking radiation [duplicate]

When the escape velocity from EH is c, then how can Hawking radiation escapes it? Does it travel faster than c? Or, it escape from outside the EH? If so, how a BH can evaporate beyond EH?
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LIGO detection: What do we know about the black hole system?

I would to know how much we can infer from the LIGO detection on the black hole system. I understand that at least the following can be verified: Spins Inclination Initial masses Final masses ...
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Kerr Metric from rotated Schwarzschild?

Say we have got a system in GR that is described by the Schwazschild metric. Then we perform a coordinate transform that gives the metric in a rotating system. Why is the transformed metric not the ...
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Effective potential for Kerr incorrect?

I am self-learning GR. Background I have been following Christopher Hirata's lecture notes on Kerr geodesics. In Equation 38, the effective potential $V(r)$ is given by: ...
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Aren't black holes required to exist forever in our frame of reference?

I know that for an observer far away, nothing ever crosses a black hole horizon (due to time dilation), while in the frame of reference of a falling observer the horizon is nothing special on its way ...
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What is an extremal horizon?

In the contest of holography and thermodynamics, what is an extremal horizon? I am going through a paper by Hartnoll, Santos - Disordered Horizons: Holography of randomly disordered fixed points. They ...
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Is it possible to travel faster than the speed of light under extreme warping of spacetime?

The event horizon of a black-hole is defined as the point at which light itself cannot escape, supposedly due to a black-hole's immense gravity and effect on spacetime. However, would this not require ...
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Does time and time dilation exist in a black hole?

Since being near stronger gravitational fields causes time dilation, can this be generalized to the region beyond the event horizon? i.e , is it meaningful to say that someone outside the black hole ...
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Why doesn't the cosmological constant cause black holes to form?

The cosmological constant acts as matter with positive energy but negative pressure. Then a region $R$ should have energy $E\sim \Lambda r^3$. On the other hand, we know that the energy for a black ...
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How would we estimate, ahead of time, “the chances” of LIGO spotting black holes colliding in the period that it has been operating? [duplicate]

Can anyone summarize calculations that have been done about the theoretical probability of a detectable black hole collision happening in the observable universe within the time that LIGO has been ...
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Is there a parametrization for the shape of space?

I was thinking about how the space is curved. And how do we know that the shape of space arround a singularity is something like that: So I was trying to make a similar parametrization of this kind ...
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Why do black holes need a quantum mechanical description?

I read about black holes, about the Schwarzschild metric, Einstein field equations and their solution in the vacuum for a spherical body. I understood black holes are object whose gravity is ...
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Future light cones inside black hole

In Caroll's Spacetime and Geometry, page 227, he says that from the Schwarzschild metric, you can see than from inside a black hole future events all lead to the singularity. He says you can see this ...
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About the LIGO result and Abhas Mitra [closed]

Well I read this article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhas_Mitra and he has claimed that "The so-called massive Black Hole Candidates (BHCs) must be quasi-black holes rather than exact black holes" ...
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Could the September 2015 LIGO gravity wave “detection” from “merging black holes” be fake? [closed]

The following Physical Review D article gives reasonable bounds for gravitational wave detection for Supernova core collapse. These bounds cannot be overwhelmingly different from the bounds on GW ...
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$AdS_5$ Schwarzschild Black hole Temperature

This question is an extension of my previous Phys.SE question, but now in $AdS$ spacetime. I am attempting to derive the Temperature of the Schwarzschild solution in this space, which is given by: ...
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How can a singularity in a black hole rotate if it's just a point?

I guess nobody really knows the true nature of black holes, however, based on everything I know about black holes, there is a "singularity" at their center, which has finite mass but is infinitely ...
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How much light is necessary to form a black hole

I suppose that enough light in a small enough volume could create a black hole. What is the good quantity that can tell when light can or cannot make a black hole? Energy density? But there must be ...
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Blackhole and light [duplicate]

I was talking with my friend about blackholes and I asked him "Why blackhole 'sucks' the photons?" He had no deeper understanding so he answered that "I dont know, may the light is affected, because ...
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the significance of fifth dimension blackholes [closed]

is there a significance of fifth dimension black holes in theoretical and experimental physics? the concept of the fifth dimension is really hard to wrap my head around and i do not see how these ...
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How much energy can be radiated as gravitational waves from black hole merger?

In the black hole merger, recently observed by LIGO, about 5% of energy was irradiated in form of gravitational waves. source of data Is there any theoretical limit to how much energy can be ...
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Can a particle of finite size escape from a black hole if it is overlapped with event horizon but not totally in it?

As we know, particles have finite size, if a particle, a part is inside the event horizon and the remain part is outside the event horizon, is it still considered as "unable to escape from black ...
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Can we make any implications about the internal structure of black holes from the 'chirp' that LIGO observed?

Are there any implications about a black hole's internal structure we can make based on the chirp issued? For example that a black hole does in fact contain or does not contain a singularity rather ...
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How does some of the black hole (BH) mass escape the event horizon (EH) of either BH, or the merged EH of two merged BHs?

BH mass is a conserved quantity and cannot escape the horizon of a BH. Yet in mergers some percent (in GW150914 it was about 5 percent, or 3 solar masses) of the binary's mass escaped either before ...
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Vibrating black holes

From http://ligo.org/science/Publication-S5S6RD/index.php "Every star in the universe vibrates or oscillates in some manner. Turbulence on the surface of the Sun causes well-known solar oscillations ...
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How precisely does a star collapse into a black hole?

I think we all heard general statements like "once big enough star burns out there is nothing to prevent the gravitational collapse ending in a black hole". But I can't remember even seeing the ...
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Is it possible to have a black hole in empty space?

If the escape velocity of two very massive objects is near the speed of light, and those objects are orbiting each other (let's ignore the Roche limit for this exercise), is it possible that the ...
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Can a micro black hole hover above a regular black hole?

So let's say you have a black hole $A$, that is small enough for its gravity to be very small, but has strong hawking radiation, and larger black hole, $B$, with very small hawking radiation, but ...
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How is a black hole formed? [duplicate]

As far as I know, whenever we talk about a black hole, we refer to a static or stationary solution to Einstein field equations. I know the formation of a black hole can be discussed by the numerical ...
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Practical time travel: time dilation above the event horizon

Imagine there is a huge black hole with very small gravity gradient so that one doesn't get killed by spaghettification after even nearing the event horizon. Now imagine a very curious creature ...
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Moving black holes

What happens to the fabric of space in the wake of a moving black hole? Is space permanently deformed by a moving black hole or does it rebound as the black hole passes?
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Derivation for the temperature of Reissner-Nordström (charged) black hole

A lot of the text for this is from "How does one correctly interpret the behavior of the heat capacity of a charged black hole?" but this concerns a different question. The Reissner-Nordström black ...
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Does the mass lost by merging black holes depend on how they merged?

We've all heard the news about the detection by gravitational waves of two black holes, one 29 solar masses and the other 36 solar masses, spiraling into each other to create a single black hole of 62 ...
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How they can estimate when the black holes collided in the recent LIGO discovery? [duplicate]

How they can estimate when the black holes collided in the recent LIGO discovery? If LIGO can detect ripples in the gravitational waves, how they can figure out how old those waves are? Surely ...
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How can a five-dimensional black hole 'break' general relativity? [closed]

By the laws of general relativity and the existence of black holes, what makes our universe to be just 4 dimensional but not 5 or more because a 5-d black hole can violate theory of relativity? ...
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What would the Sagittarius A black hole look like if we were in a spaceship just outside its event horizon?

Let's pretend that our spaceship is shielded well enough that being in the presence of the black hole won't kill us with radiation. I have read that the black hole is as large as the space between the ...
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Are we sure that there are at most x different types of black holes?

If I'm not mistaken, there are a limited different types of black holes. Depending on were I look, the black holes are categorizes according to size, or categorized according to surroundings and ...