Black-Hole
Phenomenology |

**In General** > s.a. gravitational
phenomenology / astronomy; higher-dimensional
black holes; sources of
gravitational radiation.

* __History__: The idea
of the existence of black holes seemed reasonable only after the discovery
of pulsars in 1968.

* __Status__: 2005,
Dozens of compact objects with *M* > 3 *M*_{sun}
are known, and identified as black-hole candidates; Stellar ones, with
masses up to about 20 *M*_{sun},
are found as unseen companions in low-mass X-ray binaries, the rest have
masses from a million to a billion *M*_{sun}
and are found in galactic nuclei; There is strong circumstantial evidence
that many of them have event horizons; 2017, So far observational proof for black holes is impossible to come by.

* __Parameters__: The simplest black hole parameter to
measure is the mass; We do not expect to find black holes with appreciable
electric charge; A variety of methods are being tried to estimate their
spin parameters, such as the polarization of X-rays emitted very close to
the event horizon (in 1995 this was still not possible).

* __Remark__: The
notion of event horizon is a global one; The local analogs are those of
trapped surface, or isolated/dynamical horizon.

@ __Texts. Reviews__: Lasota SA(99)may;
Rees in(03)ap/04;
Cherepashchuk gq/05-conf
[search]; van Putten 05; Bilić PoS(06)ap
[especially X-ray binaries]; Müller PoS(06)ap/07
[evidence]; Romero a0805-ln;
Czerny & Nikolajuk a0910-proc
[masses]; Narayan & McClintock a1312-in
[observational evidence]; Bailyn 14.

@ __Astrophysics__: Narayan NJP(05)ap;
Romero & Vila 14;
Merritt & Rezzolla ed-CQG(13)#24;
Haardt et al ed-16.

@ __Falling in__: Tammelo & Kask GRG(97)
[passage through horizon]; Krasnikov G&C(08)-a0804,
Augousti et al EJP(12)
[pedagogical].

@ __Collisions, mergers__: Berti et al PRD(10)-a1003
[ultrarelativistic,
scattering thresholds and gravitational radiation]; Gerosa & Berti PRD(17)-a1703 [and gravitational wave observations].

> __Types of phenomena__:
see binaries; matter
and radiation near black holes [including
acceleration, jets, accretion disks]; gamma-ray
astronomy.

**Stages in Black Hole Evolution** > s.a. black-hole
formation and radiation.

* __Evaporation__:
After black-hole formation, in addition to possible growth by accretion of
additional matter, the stages are (i) Balding, in which the black hole
loses its hair and becomes stationary; (ii) Hawking radiation, in which
the black hole shrinks; and (iii) Quantum gravity phase, about which we
still don't know much.

* __Hawking radiation__:
For small black holes, look for *γ*-rays over the background.

@ __General references__: Adams et al PLB(99)
[effect of a cosmological constant on radiation]; Dalal & Griest PLB(00)ap
[all eventually evaporate]; Ashtekar et al PRD(13)-a1306
[dynamics of horizon multipole moments and approach to the final state].

@ __Hawking radiation__: Stephens PLA(89);
Rosu IJMPD(94)gq/96,
NCB(93)gq/95,
MPLA(93)gq/97,
MPLA(98),
G&C(01)gq/94.

**Detection and Observation** > s.a. analogs
[and mimickers]; binaries; event horizons; types
of black holes; supermassive
black holes.

* __Observation__: A
stationary, isolated black hole, with no matter around it and no objects
in the background, cannot be seen; One with matter around it can be
identified by the behavior of the matter, although because of the infinite
gravitational redshift at the horizon, the horizon or the matter crossing
it will never be seen from the outside (what one can see instead is a
"frozen star"); One with objects behind it can be identified from its
lensing effects.

* __Candidates__: 2008,
There are many, in a range of masses from stellar ones to supermassive
ones in galactic cores, but no definitive evidence that they really are
black holes; Although some people say that it is possible to observe
effects arising from the presence of a horizon, the most convincing type
may be the detection of the specific frequencies predicted for quasinormal
modes, for example in ringdowns after mergers; 2016, We now know a few with masses in the tens of solar masses, from gravitational-wave observations.

@ __Appearance__: Ames & Thorne ApJ(68);
de Felice & Usseglio-Tomasset CQG(93)
[orbiting]; Nemiroff AJP(93)jul-ap;
Stuckey AJP(93)may
[surrounding objects]; Marck CQG(96)gq/95;
Zakharov et al gq/05-conf;
Vachaspati et al PRD(07)-gq/06
[from quantum collapse];
Zhang IJMPD(11)-a1003-conf
[frozen stars]; Müller & Boblest AJP(11)jan
[observer on a circular orbit around a Schwarzschild black hole];
Müller & Frauendiener EJP(12)-a1206
[thin disk around a Schwarzschild black hole];
Cardoso et al PRD(14)-a1406
[light rings as evidence]; news wired(14)oct
[the movie *Interstellar*]; > s.a. black-hole
geometry [interior].

@ __Determining black-hole spin__: Mukhopadhyay et al IJMPD(12)-a1210;
Pürrer et al PRD(16)-a1512
[from gravitational-wave observations].

@ __Testing the Kerr hypothesis__:
Bambi MPLA(11)-a1109,
PRD(12);
Bambi
PRD(12)-a1204
[black-hole spin and power of steady jets];
Bambi JCAP(12)-a1205;
Bambi AR(13)-a1301
[with radio and X-ray data];
Li & Bambi JCAP(14)
[Kerr spin parameter and black-hole shadow].

@ __Shadows__: Abdolrahimi et al PRD(15)-a1502
[local]; Amarilla & Eiroa a1512-MG14
[in alternative theories]; Younsi et al PRD(16)-a1607 [calculation method].

@ __Related topics__: Firouzjaee et al GRG(12)-a1010
[mass];
Fender et al MNRAS(13)-a1301
[how to search for the closest black holes]; Middleton ch(16)-a1507
[spin, theory and observation]; Lu et al MNRAS(17)-a1702 [evidence for event horizons]; > s.a. black-hole
geometry [interior].

> __And other theories
of gravity__:
see astrophysical tests of general
relativity; detection
of gravitational
waves; massive gravity.

**Other Effects and Properties** > s.a. astrophysics;
matter in kerr backgrounds
[including overspinning];
spacetime subsets.

* __Rotating black holes__:
According to a calculation by K Thorne, the maximum value of *a*
allowed for a rotating (Kerr) black hole spun up by accreting matter is
0.998; This is a conservative bound, however, and more recent simulations
suggest that the limit is at most 0.93.

* __Retro-MACHOs__: A
black hole may act as a retro-lens which, if illuminated by a powerful
light source, deflects light ray paths to large bending angles, allowing
us to detect the black hole.

@ __Quantum gravity effects__: Flambaum gq/04
[particle
and radiation phenomena]; Marolf GRG(10)-a1005-GRF
[microphysics outside extreme or nearly extreme black holes]; Giddings PRD(14)-a1406
[possible observational windows]; Chen et al IJMPA(14)-a1410
[rev]; Giddings a1602
[gravitational-wave tests]; > s.a. quantum
black holes

@ __General references__: Ruffini ap/98-proc
[electromagnetic particle production]; Dimopoulous & Landsberg PRL(01)
+ pn(01)sep
[in the lab?]; Jacobson & Sotiriou a1006-FQXi [on whether it is possible to destroy the event horizon];
Berti BJP(13)-a1302-TX
[fundamental physics and strong-field gravity].

@ __As retro-MACHOs__: Holz & Wheeler ApJ(02)ap
[Schwarzschild]; De Paolis et al A&A(04)ap,
Zakharov et al ap/04/A&A
[Kerr].

@ __ Rotating black holes__: Poisson PRD(09)-a0907
[tidal
interactions]; Yang et al PRL(15)-a1402
[rapidly-spinning black holes, turbulent gravitational behavior]; Poisson
PRD(15)-a1411
[tidal deformations]; Herdeiro & Radu IJMPD(15)-a1505-GRF
[bound on rotation speed].

@ __Frame dragging__: Wex ap/99-conf;
Konno et al PRD(08)-a0807
[in Chern-Simons-modified gravity]; Herdeiro et al PRD(09)-a0907
[back-reaction]; Karas et al JPCS(12)-a1202
[on magnetic fields].

@ __Magnetosphere__: Ghosh MNRAS(00)ap/99;
Nathanail & Contopoulos ApJ(14)-a1404;
Lupsasca et al JHEP(14)-a1406
[force-free electrodynamics]; > s.a. kerr.

@ __Accelerating black holes__: Podolský et al PRD(03)gq
[radiation, in Anti-de Sitter]; > s.a. c-metric.

@ __Nearly-extremal black holes__: Jacobson PRD(98)ht/97
[decay]; Garfinkle CQG(11)
[infalling observers].

@ __Related topics__: Hsu PLB(02)
[parity]; Gott & Freedman ap/03/PRD
[life preserver]; Bekenstein in(03)gq
[preparing
a desired black hole]; news pw(08)apr
[blazars];
Crane & Westmoreland a0908
[black-hole-powered
spaceships]; Dokuchaev & Eroshenko AHEP(14)-a1403
[black-hole atoms];
Porto FdP(16)-a1606 [and the nature of spacetime]; Sorce & Wald a1707 [black hole destruction]; > s.a. brane-world gravity;
vacuum [vacuum decay nucleation sites].

> __And cosmology__:
see multiverse; variation
of constants.

> __Related black-hole topics__: see black-hole
geometry [interior]; black-hole
uniqueness; Mass
Inflation.

> __Other related topics__:
see fine-structure
constant; Gyromagnetic Ratio; particle models; quantum
cloning; wormholes.

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