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Superradiance

Energy Extraction, Black-Hole Bombs and Implications for Astrophysics and Particle Physics

Book

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 906)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Richard Brito, Vitor Cardoso, Paolo Pani
    Pages 1-10
  3. Richard Brito, Vitor Cardoso, Paolo Pani
    Pages 11-33
  4. Richard Brito, Vitor Cardoso, Paolo Pani
    Pages 35-95
  5. Richard Brito, Vitor Cardoso, Paolo Pani
    Pages 97-155
  6. Richard Brito, Vitor Cardoso, Paolo Pani
    Pages 157-211
  7. Richard Brito, Vitor Cardoso, Paolo Pani
    Pages 213-214
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 215-237

About this book

Introduction

This volume gives a unified picture of the multifaceted subject of superradiance, with a focus on recent developments in the field, ranging from fundamental physics to astrophysics.

Superradiance is a radiation enhancement process that involves dissipative systems. With a 60 year-old history, superradiance has played a prominent role in optics, quantum mechanics and especially in relativity and astrophysics. In Einstein's General Relativity, black-hole superradiance is permitted by dissipation at the event horizon, which allows energy extraction from the vacuum, even at the classical level. When confined, this amplified radiation can give rise to strong instabilities known as "blackhole bombs'', which have applications in searches for dark matter, in physics beyond the Standard Model and in analog models of gravity. This book discusses and draws together all these fascinating aspects of superradiance.

Keywords

Axion physics Black-hole instabilities Black-holes bombs Dark matter searches Energy extraction from rotating bodies Gravitational theories Radiation emission from astrophysical systems Radiation-enhancement processes Superradiance in relativity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CENTRA, Departamento de FísicaInstituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.CENTRA, Departamento de FísicaInstituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Fisica"Sapienza" Universita di Roma & Sezione INFN Roma1RomeItaly

About the authors

Vitor Cardoso is an Assistant Professor (``Com Agregação'') of Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal and a Visiting Fellow at the Perimeter Institute, Canada. He is an ERC grantee of the European Research Council and an outstanding Referee for the American Physical Society. His research interests include black hole physics, gravitational-wave physics and General Relativity.

Paolo Pani is a Marie Curie Fellow at Sapienza University of Rome and a FCT Researcher at CENTRA-IST in Lisbon. He is an outstanding Referee for the American Physical Society and a former research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His research interests include black holes, foundations of General Relativity and relativistic astrophysics. In 2011, his PhD thesis on blackhole perturbation theory was awarded the Fubini Prize of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics.

Richard Brito is completing a doctorate in the gravity group at CENTRA-IST in Lisbon. His research interests include black holes, General Relativity and alternative theories of gravity. His PhD thesis focusses on studying dark matter candidates and alternative theories of gravity using compact objects. In 2013 he was awarded the "Prémio Estímulo à Investigação" by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, a prize rewarding young researchers with strong research proposals.

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