Chapter 3. Topology and Uniqueness of Higher Dimensional Black Holes

Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement (Impact Factor: 1.25). 05/2011; 189(189):52-92. DOI: 10.1143/PTPS.189.52


We review recent results concerning general properties of higher dimensional
black holes. The topics selected with particular focus are those concerning
topology, symmetry, and uniqueness properties of asymptotically flat vacuum
black holes in higher dimensional general relativity.

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