STRUCTURE OF A SIMPLE BLACK HOLE
In fact, we do not really know what the inside of a black hole is like.Describing the characteristics of the structure of a black hole still remainsone of the challenges of modern relativistic astrophysics.The
is the radius at which theescape velocity equals the speed of light.The surface of the sphere of radius equal to theSchwarzschild radius is called the
. We onthe outside of the black hole cannot learn anything aboutany event taking place within the event horizon, and thuswe can think of it as the "surface" of the black hole.At the center of the black hole lies a
, that is, aregion where the current laws of physics break down because the circumstances are so extreme. Note that the Schwarschild radius scales with the mass of the black hole. The Schwarzschild radius of a 1 solar mass black hole is 3 x 10
cm.According to Roger Penrose's
Principle of CosmicCensorship
, the fact that the laws of physics break downinside the event horizon has no impact on the physicsoutside the black hole (so we needn't worry about thefailure of our current physics too much!?).