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4 Black Hole Mechanics

As mentioned in the introduction, the discovery of the laws of black hole mechanics has led to fundamental insights in both classical and quantum gravity. In this section we discuss how the standard framework tied to stationary space-times can be extended using WIHs and DHs.

 4.1 Mechanics of weakly isolated horizons
  4.1.1 The zeroth law
  4.1.2 Phase space, symplectic structure, and angular momentum
  4.1.3 Energy, mass, and the first law
 4.2 Mechanics of dynamical horizons
  4.2.1 Angular momentum balance
  4.2.2 Integral form of the first law
  4.2.3 Horizon mass
 4.3 Passage of dynamical horizons to equilibrium

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