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Physics of black holes

Thorne, Kip S. (1982) Physics of black holes. In: The Galactic Center. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.83. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, p. 165. ISBN 0883181827.

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The activity at the galactic center might be fuelled by energy release near a large black hole. In this talk I describe some relativistic effects which may be relevant to this process. I use Newtonian language so far as possible and illustrate the effects with simple  analogies. Specifically, I describe the gravitational field near a black hole, Lens‐Thirring and geodetic precession, electro‐magnetic energy extraction of the spin energy of a black hole and the structure of accretion tori around black holes.

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Additional Information:© 1982 AIP Publishing. Supported in part by the National Science Foundation [AST79-22012]. This paper is identical to "Black Holes and the Origin of Radio Sources", Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford, in "Extragalactic Radio Sources", Proceedings IAU Symposium #97, ed. D. S. Heeschen and C. M. Wade (Reidel, Dordrecht, Holland 1981).
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