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Gravitational Radiation, Luminous Black Holes and Gamma-Ray Burst Supernovae

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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143615

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  • Black holes and gravitational radiation are two of the most dramatic predictions of general relativity. The quest for rotating black holes - discovered by Roy P. Kerr as exact solutions to the Einstein equations - is one of the most exciting challenges facing physicists and astronomers. Gravitational Radiation, Luminous Black Holes and Gamma-Ray Burst Supernovae takes the reader through the theory of gravitational radiation and rotating black holes, and the phenomenology of GRB-supernovae. Topics covered include Kerr black holes and the frame-dragging of spacetime, luminous black holes, compact tori around black holes, and black-hole spin interactions. It concludes with a discussion of prospects for gravitational-wave detections of a long-duration burst in gravitational-waves as a method of choice for identifying Kerr black holes in the Universe. This book is ideal for a special topics graduate course on gravitational-wave astronomy and as an introduction to those interested in this contemporary development in physics.

    • Self-contained book covering specialist topics - ideal for a graduate course on gravitational-wave astronomy
    • Gravitational-wave astronomy presents a fresh opportunity in physics and astronomy to understand gamma-ray bursts
    • Covers many topical areas, including gamma-ray burst supernovae, burst sources of gravitational waves and Kerr black holes
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143615
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Superluminal motion in the quasar 3C273
    2. Curved spacetime and SgrA*
    3. Parallel transport and isometry of tangent bundles
    4. Maxwell's equations
    5. Riemannian curvature
    6. Gravitational radiation
    7. Cosmological event rates
    8. Compressible fluid dynamics
    9. Waves in relativistic magnetohydrodynamics
    10. Nonaxisymmetric waves in a torus
    11. Phenomenology of GRB supernovae
    12. Kerr black holes
    13. Luminous black holes
    14. A luminous torus in gravitational radiation
    15. GRB supernovae from rotating black holes
    16. Observational opportunities for LIGO and VIRGO
    17. Epilogue: GRB/XRF singlets, doublets? Triplets!

  • Author

    Maurice H. P. M. van Putten, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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