Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
None 

Description This module covers both classical and quantum aspects of black holes. Topics include the nohair conjecture, black hole formation, laws of black hole mechanics, Hawking radiation and black hole thermodynamics, black hole evaporation and the information loss 'paradox'.  
Learning Outcomes 1. Analyze geodesics, construct maximal analytic extensions and construct Penrose diagrams for a number of important black hole spacetimes. 2. Derive a simple model for stellar interiors and a simple model for black hole formation. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the nohair conjecture, including proving basic uniqueness theorems. 4. Derive the laws of black hole mechanics. 5. Demonstrate that the laws of black hole mechanics are equivalent to the laws of thermodynamics when quantum mechanical effects are considered. 6. Construct the Penrose diagram for an evaporating black hole and discuss the information loss 'paradox' and its possible resolutions.  
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml 

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Black Hole Solutions Schwarzschild, Kerr, ReissnerNordstrom and MajumdarPapapetrou spacetimes. Maximal extensions. Penrose diagrams. Geodesics and orbits in black hole spacetimes. Black Hole Formation Stellar interior solutions. Simple gravitational collapse models. OppenheimerSnyder collapse model. Black Hole Uniqueness NoHair Conjecture. Uniqueness theorem for static black holes. Uniqueness theorem for stationary black holes. Black Hole Mechanics Laws of Black Hole Mechanics. Energy conditions. Hawking's Area Theorem. Black Hole Thermodynamics Quantum physics of black holes. The Hawking effects. Laws of Black Hole Thermodynamics. Black hole entropy. Black hole evaporation. Penrose diagram for an evaporating black hole. The Information Loss 'Paradox'.  
 
Indicative Reading List
 
Other Resources None  
Programme or List of Programmes
 
Archives: 
