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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Do black holes have a characteristic size?

First off, I know that a black hole can theoretically exist at any size, and I know about the Schwarzschild radius, etc. Snowflakes could also exit at just about any size, and they of course vary ...
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What happens when electron degeneracy pressure is being overcome (right before an object turns into a black hole)?

I was wondering about hydrostatic equilibrium (the balance of radially inward and outward forces) in large (i.e. above the Chandrasekhar limit) stars. It is often said that when the gravitational ...
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Hawking evaporation is due to NEGATIVE mass?

So I have seen an animation about Stephen Hawking (after his recent study state universes claim) that Hawking evaporation is due to negative mass; But how is this possible? I mean, there is no such ...
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Why is it more likely that the particle with negative mass falls into a black hole? [duplicate]

If particle-antiparticle pairs pop into existence at the event horizon, and presumably their orientation to the black hole is random, why is it the particle with negative mass is more often (always?) ...
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Why does a star collapse under its own gravity when the gravity at its centre is zero?

The gravity at the centre of a star is zero as in the case of any uniform solid sphere with some mass. When a massive star dies, why does it give rise to a black hole at it's centre? I know how to ...
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interaction of mathematical structures (rephrased) [duplicate]

From a physicist's perspective there are several situations in which somehow arbitrary choices of mathematical structures can be made. One can describe a system from different perspectives, etc. ...
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Is the new Hawking black hole all about photon launch angles?

The new Jan 2014 Hawking paper (arXiv:1401.5761v1) asserts on page 3: The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes - in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to ...
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interaction between mathematical structures [closed]

From a physicist's perspective there are several situations in which somehow arbitrary choices of mathematical structures can be made. One can describe a system from different perspectives, etc. ...
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No hair theorem and black hole entropy

The no hair theorem says that black holes rapidly converge to a state that is completely described just by their mass, spin and charge. Black hole thermodynamics says that the black hole entropy is ...
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Time Dilation in Orbits in the Schwarzschild Metric

I am wondering if there exist closed form-expressions for the time dilation experienced by an observer in different orbits around a Schwarzschild black hole, outside the event horizon, relative to ...
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Further explanation of the Penrose Conjecture

I'm currently a third year maths undergrad, writing a dissertation on the application of minimal surfaces in space. I have recently come across the Penrose Conjecture that the mass of a spacetime is: ...
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CPT and Event Horizon

Is the example of neutrino entering the event horizon of BH quoted from this article a valid possible example of CPT violation due to the presence of event horizon in BH ? Please, note that there is ...
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Can light be launched outwards from an event horizon? [duplicate]

There's something which I don't quite get about black holes and event horizons (feel free to tell me if I got something completely backwards at any step along the way): Say we have a singularity and ...
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Does Stephen Hawking believe that General Relativity is wrong? [duplicate]

Stephen Hawking recently said that black holes do not exist. According to Wikipedia, black holes are predicted by General Relativity. So it would seem to follow that Stephen Hawking believes that ...
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(Polar jets) Is it possible that black holes radiate substantial amount of the mass/energy they accrete?

Is the amount of energy a black hole emit through polar jets comparable to the mass it accretes or is it negligible? Here I am mostly concerned about the observational findings as opposed to the ...
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What is the mass required for a star to have the gravity equivalent to a black hole?

At what mass does the light from stars ( I am talking about stars and not black holes) fail to escape the star's gravity? Is it the same (minimum) mass required for an object to be called a black ...
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If distant observers never see a black hole form in finite time how can the information paradox be a problem?

So, at least as reported in the media, the physics community is still struggling with the problem of resolving the impossibility of retrieving information from beyond the event horizon of a black hole ...
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In there such a thing as the Black Hole Information Paradox?

When I first heard about the black hole information paradox, I thought it had no content. At the time, papers about it had been written for numerous years and they keep on coming. Now that the press ...
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Is it possible to affect the trajectory of a black hole?

Basically is the black hole itself affected by the matter going into it? Does it either get pulled by gravity toward things or have its own velocity affected by matter that "impacts" it?
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Why does Stephen Hawking say black holes don't exist?

Recently, I read in the journal Nature that Stephen Hawking wrote a paper claiming that black holes do not exist. How is this possible? Please explain it to me because I didn't understand what he ...
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Deriving 'frame dragging' in elliptical coordinates?

I'm currently trying to derive the equation that demonstrates 'frame dragging'. I am familiar (of sorts) with the Kerr metric, but I am most comfortable working in cartesian/elliptical coordinates? ...
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Boundaries of Black Hole and Observable Universe

Are the boundaries of a black hole, the event horizon, similar to the boundary at the end of our observable universe?
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Why is the mass of a Kerr black hole proportional to it's angular momentum?

I'm a third year mathematics undergrad, and have just started the module General Relativity and spacetime geometry, I also have a keen interest in black holes. However I would like to know why and ...
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How many how many planck areas would capture of a resting electron add to the surface of a black hole?

In other words, what is the 'information content' of an electron (or of other supposedly elementary particles for that matter) as revealed by their effects on black hole horizon area?
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Effect of sun turning into a black hole on earth [duplicate]

Suppose the sun would turn into a black hole. Now neglecting the effect on the living beings on the earth. would the sun suck up the earth or the earth's revolution would not be affected?
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What compact central objects younger than the crab pulsar have been seen?

We see the crab pulsar, we don't see any compact remnant from Supernova 1987A. I can't find any others, but I believe they exist. Help?
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x-rays from dark matter accretion into a supermassive black hole?

I understand that accretion of normal matter into a super-massive black hole leads to x-ray emissions. Is the same effect expected to occur for dark matter accretion into a supermassive black hole? ...
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Does black hole formation contradict the Pauli exclusion principle?

A star's collapse can be halted by the degeneracy pressure of electrons or neutrons due to the Pauli exclusion principle. In extreme relativistic conditions, a star will continue to collapse ...
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Non-coinciding event horizon and apparent horizon

Proposition: the event horizon and the apparent horizon of a black hole always coincide. As a reminder: the event horizon is defined as the boundary of the closure of the causal past of future ...
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One particle near two Schwarzschild black holes

I have a particle near two Schwarzschild black holes. Let the black holes remain at rest so that only the particle is moving for the observer. We are in a plane. I calculate the distance travelled by ...
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Shouldn't Quantum Mechanics change in a black hole?

I recently learnt that the conservation laws are a consequence of the symmetries of space and time (the Lagrangian in Newton mechanics). Since space-time change in a black hole wouldn't quantum ...
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Why can't we see things swallowed by black holes?

Apologies in advance, I'm a layman with only a school-level education in physics. If an object approaching the event horizon of a black hole has its light cone progressively bent towards the black ...
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Trapped Surfaces. Any good articles?

I'm currently writing a dissertation on trapped surfaces as minimal surfaces. I have exhausted all of the resources I have, and the internet is pretty limited (in that it is fairly repetitive on just ...
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Finding the Schwarzchild radius of a star of solar mass 30

I am currently trying to determine the Schwarzchild radius of a star with solar mass 30. I am calculating it both with respect to solar mass, and w.r.t kilograms, however I am getting conflicting ...
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Schwarzchild radius of a star with solar mass 30? [duplicate]

I am currently trying to determine the Schwarzchild radius of a star with solar mass 30. I am calculating it both with respect to solar mass, and w.r.t kilograms, however I am getting conflicting ...
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While falling into a black hole, what color would the flashlight have?

If, hypothetically, me and my rocket powered flashlight were falling straight toward the center of a black hole. The flashlight is a few kilometers behind me in our travels toward the center of the ...
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What is the minimum physical distance between two electrons?

If electrons repel, then it seems to me that energy is required to decrease the distance between two electrons. Since energy and mass are equivalent, adding energy to a system also adds some mass. ...
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Would the horizon of a black hole be different for a tachyon than for subluminal matter or photons?

One of the most useful black hole analogies I've seen imagines that space is "flowing" like a river into a black hole, and the point at which it flows in faster than c is the horizon. This analogy ...
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Gravitational lensing image from merging black holes

What kind of image would a transcient toroidial black hole merger produce from it's gravitalional lensing effect? http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9905039 What does a torus shaped lens actually look like? ...
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Why can apparent horizon be computed based on its local geometry?

Why can apparent horizon be computed based on its local geometry? In the paper titled Black Holes, Geometric Flows, and the Penrose Inequality in General Relativity by Hubert L. Bray, has been ...
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Really nothing special when falling into a black hole?

It has been said time and again, that an observer who falls into a black hole will not notice anything special. Is this really true? There is of course the problem with the tidal forces, but I ...
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Does space expand locally without restriction in freefall to central region of black hole?

It is often stated that a distant observer will observe a freefalling object as experiencing an infinite journey to the event horizon, but that a traveler in the local frame will experience a ...
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Is it expected tha all stellar black holes will be spinning near the maximum allowed $\omega$-velocity?

Using a bit of classical reasoning I'm imagining black hole formation to be much like an ice skater pulling in her arms: Now, the size difference between a star and its black hole can't even be ...
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Could Dark Matter form black hole?

Some people speculate that the mysterious dark matter in the universe could be tiny black holes. But on the other side, could dark matter particles attract each other by gravity and finally form a ...
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I need help understanding a step in the derivation of the Schwarzschild solution

I am looking at Wikipedia's article on deriving the Schwarzschild solution. In the section "Simplifying the components", it says, On the hypersurfaces of constant $t$ and constant $r$, it is ...
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Will accelerating a massive particle generates a blackhole? [duplicate]

I have a naive question about blackhole. If I accelerate a massive particle very close to the speed of light, the particle will have large energy-momentum tensor. Will it become a blackhole?
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Black hole entangled with the cosmological horizon

Maldacena and Susskind recently proposed a interesting and very suggestive duality between entanglement and topological identification: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.0533 But are such ideas applicable to ...
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Calculating the gravity gradient of a black hole [duplicate]

Given a black hole of, say, $10^8 \odot$ (solar masses), how can I calculate the gravity gradient ($\frac{\Delta g}{m}$?) at a given distance from it?
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Temperatures at extreme densities

Cosmology (and astrophysics) talk about the "initial singularity" (IS, became the big bang) and "black hole singularities" (BS, inside black holes), and these appear to be quite different: The IS is ...
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What happens when a black hole dies?

It just vanishes into space leaving nothing behind or does it expel some material? Also, talking more about black holes, as far as i understand the term "temperature", it is defined by the amount of ...