Ray-tracing Black Holes

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Oktober 2013



Even almost 100 years after their theoretical inception, black holes remain one of the most enigmatic objects in the universe. But how would a black hole appear visually to a telescope with sufficient resolution?
This book discusses the theoretical foundations of volume ray-tracing in general relativity, from a derivation of the rendering equation based on kinetic theory to the practical implementation in a C++ application (source code available on request). A number of images produced by this method are discussed, including thin and toroidal accretion disks around rotating black holes, which exhibit effects like red-shift, beaming and gravitational lensing as a direct consequence of the general theory of relativity by Albert Einstein.
The book is written with readers possessing a graduate-level knowledge of general relativity in mind, although anyone who shares a fascination in black holes may find the applications intriguing.


The author is active in the field of computational astrophysics and numerical relativity. He has received his PhD from the Technical University in Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, and is currently Distinguished Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
EAN: 9783639029024
ISBN: 363902902X
Untertitel: Theory and Implementation. Paperback.
Verlag: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2013
Seitenanzahl: 136 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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