Relativistic Figures of Equilibrium

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First book of its kind! This much-needed text treats the classical problem of gravitational physics within Einstein's theory of general relativity. It presents the basic principles and equations needed to describe rotating fluid bodies, as well as black holes in equilibrium. In recent years, the study of neutron stars and black holes has become increasingly important, and rigorous mathematical analysis needs to be applied in order to understand their basic physics; This text fills the void! The book concludes by considering the general case using powerful numerical methods that are applied to various models, including the classical example of equilibrium figures of constant density. Researchers in general relativity, mathematical physics, and astrophysics will find this a valuable reference book on the topic.

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Treating the classical problem of gravitational physics, this book presents basic principles, deals with analytically tractable limiting cases, and considers the general case using powerful numerical methods. A valuable reference for researchers in general relativity, mathematical physics and astrophysics, it is accompanied by a website containing code.

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Reinhard Meinel is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat, Jena, Germany. His research is in the field of gravitational theory, focusing on astrophysical applications. Marcus Ansorg is a Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Gravitationsphysik, Potsdam, Germany, where his research focuses on the application of spectral methods for producing highly accurate solutions to Einstein's field equations. Andreas Kleinwachter is a Researcher at the Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat. His current research is on analytical and numerical methods for solving the axisymmetric and stationary equations of general relativity. Gernot Neugebauer is a Professor Emeritus at the Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat. His research deals with Einstein's theory of gravitation, soliton theory, and thermodynamics. David Petroff is a Researcher at the Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat. His research is on stationary black holes and neutron stars, making use of analytical approximations and numerical methods.

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