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Critical phenomena in gravitational collapse - Living Reviews

  title={Critical phenomena in gravitational collapse - Living Reviews},
  author={C. Gundlach},
  journal={arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology},
  • C. Gundlach
  • Published 2000
  • Physics
  • arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
  • As first discovered by Choptuik, the black hole threshold in the space of initial data for general relativity shows both surprising structure and surprising simplicity. Universality, power-law scaling of the black hole mass, and scale echoing have given rise to the term ``critical phenomena''. They are explained by the existence of exact solutions which are attractors within the black hole threshold, that is, attractors of codimension one in phase space, and which are typically self-similar… CONTINUE READING
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