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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Near horizon limit of near-extreamal black brane

It is known that the near horizon limit of a ($d+1$) dimensional extremal charged black hole (BH) is $AdS_2\times S^{d-1}$. I was looking at this paper by Faulkner et al. They consider a ($d+1$) ...
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What are White Holes?

What are white holes? How do they affect spacetime? A black hole has extreme gravity which bends the spacetime fabric, but what does a white hole do? Also, what are they made of?
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Killing vectors in General Relativity?

I'm looking to derive the surface area of the event horizon of a Schwarzschild black hole. I was just wondering if it were possible for someone to explain to me this: $$ ...
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Observer inside event horizon of an extremely large black hole [duplicate]

Imagine a very large black hole, with a mass equal to a large number of galaxies. Assume a space station is in orbit around the black hole some distance from the event horizon at a point A. An ...
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Gravitational Time Dilation and Schwarzschild Coordinates

So I'm trying to use this equation for the time dilation of an object, but I don't know how to get the distance that I have (in meters) to a radial coordinate in terms of schwarzschild coordinates. ...
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Evidence of possible tidal effects close to a gravitational wave emitting system

Currently we are attempting to detect gravitational wave emissions using the LIGO gravitational wave detection system (and similiar systems), by attempting to detect very weak gravitational waves ...
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Topology of Anti-de Sitter manifold with black hole

I'm interested in understanding the topology of space-time with a black hole. In other words how does having a black hole affect quantities such as the fundamental group, de-Rham cohomologies, Euler ...
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What is Hawking Hartle vacuum state and why does the following Euclidean path integral gives the wave functional of it?

I am studying the wave function of black hole via the paper by Sergey Solodukhkin, Entanglement entropy of black holes,arXiv:hep-th: 1104.3712. In the paper, equation (53) is as follows: ...
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Coordinate velocity and free-falling past an event horizon

Ws can re-arrange the standard Schwarzschild metric as $$\left(\frac{d\tau}{dt}\right)^2=\frac{r-1}{r}\left[1-\left(\frac{r}{r-1}\frac{dr}{dt}\right)^2\right]$$ Where $\frac{r-1}{r}$ is the local ...
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If photons do not have mass, why does light get attracted such that it cannot escape a black hole? [duplicate]

Does gravitational force of black hole attract the light? Or is it something else?
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Are black holes naked singularities for an observer within the event horizon?

A naked singularity means that you can see an infinitely dense thing. Black holes don't count because it sucks up all the light, so you won't see or otherwise detect it. But wait, if you are within ...
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Can a black hole exist without encircling stars? Can a black hole exist without stellar dispersion of a galaxy bulge?

The M–sigma (or M–σ) relation is an empirical correlation between the stellar velocity dispersion σ of a galaxy bulge and the mass M of the supermassive black hole at its center. ...
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Higher dimensional trapped surface and its condition?

In higher D-dimensional spacetime, a marginally trapped surface is a closed spacelike (D-2)-surface whose outer null normals have zero convergence. It is very like a marginally trapped surface in the ...
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Why does a black hole grow when it consumes matter? Isn't this a contradiction?

I've been thinking about this for a while but can't get my head around it. A black hole's mass is such that its gravity can overcome light. Its event horizon, as I see it, is the boundary up to which ...
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Am I experiencing any effect from black holes gravitational pull?

So we know that there is a black hole in the middle of the Milky Way. Am I experiencing any effect from the high gravitational pull of the black hole? If no...then why? If yes...then how much?
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Is there a center of gravity in black hole?

I've come across this particular gif "http://i.imgur.com/AOCqg5j.gifv" If you can see the above gif, you can see the two perfectly spherical black holes merge together forming a single larger ...
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How should I interpret relativistic mass? [duplicate]

If I have a mass that gets accelerated to a near the speed of light, before it gets I would think its relativistic mass would expand its Schwarzschild radius enough to turn it into a black hole. I ...
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Black hole surrounding an object?

When a particle crosses the event horizon of a black hole, at one short moment in time would it appear for that particle as if it was surrounded by a black hole? Regardless of which direction you ...
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How does the expansion of the Universe affect Black Holes?

As know our Universe is expanding, which I have always visualised as some stretching of the metric of space-time, which "flattens" it. In the same time. our theoretical perception of Black Holes ...
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Do Events Take Place Inside Black Holes?

As you approach a black hole, the universe you observe slows down. When you see someone from outside approaching a black hole, you see how they freeze in time as they get closer and closer to the ...
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Is entropy violated inside black holes and worm holes?

Do the laws of thermodynamics hold true everywhere in universe ? What about black holes and worm holes ?
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Primordial black hole mass [closed]

Use dimensional arguments to combine the fundamental constants $\hbar$, $c$ and $G$ to derive the least massive primordial black hole formed shortly after the big bang. I'm not sure how to combine ...
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Popular books on cutting-edge physics [closed]

I watched this video, in which different types of topics are discussed like Quantum Information, Quantum Computation, Universe as hologram, Hidden information, Quantum Entanglement, Black holes and ...
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Would the detection of advanced waves be possible in curved space-time?

In the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics reference 1, inspired by the Wheeler–Feynman absorber theory, a transaction is formed between the emitter and absorber by a superposition of ...
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Do we know for sure that black holes must contain a singularity? [duplicate]

I've perhaps naively wondered for years whether there are any rules or proofs that allow us to know for sure that if all an object's mass is contained within its Schwarzschild radius it must be a ...
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High energy photon collapsing into its own black hole

If I did not mess up the math, a photon with a wave length of $$ \lambda = \sqrt{2\pi}\, l_p$$ where $l_p$ is the Planck length has a mass (energy/$c^2$) of $$ m = \sqrt{2\pi}\, m_p$$ where $m_p$ ...
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Gravitational Lensing by Sagittarius A in the center of the Milky Way

It was suggested that there is a black hole in the center of the Milky Way, called Sagittarius A. The whole region is heavily obscured by dust, although some very long wavelengths can break through. ...
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How do shock waves form in space?

Today my aerodynamics professor mentioned that the equations we were learning for atmospheric shock waves can also be applied by astrophysicists to study black hole-related shock waves in space. How ...
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Archimede's Black Hole

So, I read Can a black hole be formed by radiation? and I think I get it. However, I do have a follow-up question. Would it be possible for an interstellar civilization to build huge mirrors around ...
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Black holes - is any of these points of view more accepted?

I'm a physics enthusiast and I'm quite interested mainly in astrophysics. Recently, I've come across this very interesting video from PBS Spacetime, where they state that: A black hole is the ...
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What happens when anti-matter falls into a black hole?

Let's say a black hole of mass $M$ and a very compact lump of anti-matter (not a singularity) also of mass $M$ are traveling toward each other. What does an outside observer see when they meet? Will ...
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Can a black hole move at speed of light?

Black hole comes in all sizes ranging from microscopic black hole on a quantum scale to supermassive black hole that resides in the center of probably every galaxy. Photon have no rest mass hence they ...
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Why is it that black holes emit Hawking radiation? [duplicate]

Black holes are basically neutron stars with such a gravitational force that even light cannot escape from it. But what causes it to emit Hawking radiation?
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What will I see if launch a thing into a black hole? [duplicate]

Suppose that I launch a thing into a black hole from a secure distance, this black hole is secure at 2 meters and is floating over my yard, doesn't matter. What will I see? Will I see that the thing ...
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Would a tachyon be able to escape a black hole?

Or at least escape from a portion of the hole inside the photon horizon?
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Schwarzschild metric in lower-dimensional spaces

I was trying to explain the consequences of the Schwarzschild metric to someone last night and obviously it's pretty difficult to conceptualize in four-dimensional spacetime. Elementary googling has ...
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Particle-antiparticle behaviour

I am trying to understand several particle-antiparticle concepts and there are questions that are not answered in any literature: Hawking's radiation: what happens if classic particle of ...
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Is it possible to push together two charged particles of the same charge hard enough so it becomes a black hole?

My chain of thought is the following: To push together two charges of the same sign you need to do work. The energy spent will be turned into electrostatic potential energy. Can we pump so much ...
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Can very strong gravitational wave collapse into a black hole? [duplicate]

Can a beam of very focused gravitational wave collapse into a black hole as ordinary matter(particle or radiation) does? Alternative question: can a black hole grow by absorbing gravitational wave ...
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Massless limit to massive scalar in AdS space

I was trying to solve massive scalar wave equation in AdS spacetime (or rather in BTZ). I noticed few funny things : The $m\to 0$ limit to the solution is subtle. One of the two independent ...
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What is the relation between orbital velocity and escape velocity in strongly relativistic situations?

For practical purposes, I'm considering a non-rotating black hole or neutron star, because I find Kerr black holes a little confusing. The ratio between orbital velocity and escape velocity in ...
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Is a blackhole just a neutrino with much more mass?

If there was a blackhole that had a mass similar to that of a neutrino ($0.320 ± 0.081\,\mathrm{eV/c^2}$), would we still be able to differentiate the blackhole from the neutrino? Is there any ...
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Could the black hole in the center of the galaxy be a white hole?

In the center of the galaxy there is a strong radio source which we call Sagittarius A*. Based on the high speed and orbit of nearby stars we have calculated that something with the mass of more than ...
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What happens within the convergence of two event horizons? [closed]

What would happen if someone stood between two equally massive black holes, so that every particle of their body was contained in the region of both event horizons? Would they be: a) Totally ...
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Ergosphere in different coordinates

I am currently working with the concept of an ergosphere and I was wondering if it has any meaning to consider the ergosphere after changing coordinates. I mean if someone looks only on the sign of ...
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If Hawking radiation is proved to be true won't black holes lose entropy which is against laws of thermodynamics?

Hawking radiation states that black holes continuously emit radiation. But if its the case won't entropy of black holes decrease which violates the laws of heat, entropy and thermodynamics?
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Bondi-Metzner-Sachs (BMS) related Question(s)

I started studying the BMS group in connection with the set of papers by A. Strominger et al., also related with the supposed solution of the "Black Hole Information Paradox" by S. W. Hawking ...
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Do particles in a black hole stay in constant orbit?

Would particles behave the same way as a satellite orbiting earth, only far more compact and rapid correlating to the gravitational force of the black hole?
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Schwarzschild metric: Change in coordinates corresponds to change in object?

I have been reading about the Schwarzschild metric in the book "General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists" by Hobson, Efstathiou and Lasenby and it appears to say something counter intuitive. ...
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If nothing can escape a black hole, where does Hawking radiation come from? [duplicate]

Hawking radiation is a form of electromagnetic wave travelling at the speed of light. Hawking radiation is radiated from a black hole. If nothing can escape the gravitational pull of a black hole, how ...