Special Issue "Aspects of Black Hole Physics"


A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luciano Vanzo
Department of Physics, University of Trento, Via Sommarive, 14, Povo 38123, Italy
E-Mail: luciano.vanzo@unitn.it
Interests: black holes; Hawking radiation; event horizons; quantum tunneling; cosmology; dark energy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Researches in black hole physics cover now a vast territory ranging from general relativity to observational astrophysics to cosmology. Black holes are not only theoretical predictions of relativistic gravity theories, they may well be abundant in our universe, which enhances the motivation for their theoretical study and observation. The present “special issue” is to focus on these objects from different viewpoints, thereby adding to the physical understanding of the black holes. We would like to call for papers sharing ideas on a diversity of topics, including but not restricted to:

  • black hole radiation and information loss
  • dynamical black holes and trapping horizons
  • black hole solutions in theories of modified gravity
  • black hole formation in high energy collisions
  • black holes in an expanding universe
  • mathematical aspects related to black holes and the theory of horizons
  • brane world black holes, stringy black holes
  • conformal symmetry and black hole entropy

Review papers are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Luciano Vanzo
Guest Editor


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p. 189-198
Galaxies 2014, 2(2), 189-198; doi:10.3390/galaxies2020189
Received: 31 December 2013; in revised form: 3 April 2014 / Accepted: 8 April 2014 / Published: 14 April 2014
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p. 89-159
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Galaxies 2014, 2(1), 89-159; doi:10.3390/galaxies2010089
Received: 9 January 2014; in revised form: 6 February 2014 / Accepted: 7 February 2014 / Published: 3 March 2014
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p. 62-71
Galaxies 2014, 2(1), 62-71; doi:10.3390/galaxies2010062
Received: 12 December 2013; in revised form: 29 January 2014 / Accepted: 29 January 2014 / Published: 10 February 2014
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p. 261-274
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Galaxies 2013, 1(3), 261-274; doi:10.3390/galaxies1030261
Received: 16 October 2013; in revised form: 27 November 2013 / Accepted: 10 December 2013 / Published: 16 December 2013
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Galaxies 2013, 1(3), 114-179; doi:10.3390/galaxies1030114
Received: 9 August 2013; in revised form: 17 September 2013 / Accepted: 17 September 2013 / Published: 25 September 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Dynamical Apparent and Trapping Black Hole Horizons in General Relativity and Alternative Theories of Gravity
Author: Valerio Faraoni
Affiliation: The Physics Department, Bishop’s University, 2600 College St., Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7, Canada; E-Mail: vfaraoni@ubishops.ca
Abstract: From the microscopic (and often from the astrophysical) point of view, realistic black holes are time-dependent and the teleological concept of event horizon fails. Apparent and trapping horizons seem the best candidates to replace them in various investigations of black hole physics. We discuss their use, with emphasis on specific examples which may be useful as toy models for research in black hole thermodynamics and other aspects of dynamical black hole physics, in both general relativity and alternative theories of gravity.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: There Are no Rotating Stars of a Perfect Fluid in Hořava-Lifshitz Gravity
Authors: Naoki Tsukamoto and Tomohiro Harada
Affiliation: Department of Physics, Rikkyo University, Tokyo 171-8501, Japan; E-Mails: 11ra001t@rikkyo.ac.jp (N.T.); harada@rikkyo.ac.jp (T.H.)
Abstract: Ho\v{r}ava-Lifshitz gravity has covariance only under the foliation-preserving diffeomorphism. This implies that the quantities on the constant-time hypersurfaces should be regular. In this theory, the projectability condition which strongly restricts the lapse function is required. We assume that a star is filled with a perfect fluid, that it has the reflection symmetry about the equatorial plane. As a result, we find that there are no stationary axisymmetric star solutions in Ho\v{r}ava-Lifshitz gravity under the physically reasonable assumptions on the matter sector. This is a serious problem in this theory from the view point of astrophysics. It seems that the invariance under the foliation-preserving diffeomorphism and the projectability condition are questionable since our result is derived from them.

Last update: 11 November 2013

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