Cracking Einstein's Equations: Higher-Dimensional Black Holes

Dr. Maria Rodriguez
Utah State University
Department of Physics

Our understanding of black holes has changed dramatically in recent years. Driven by developments in higher-dimensional theories, the quest for black holes in higher dimensions is open. Thorough exploration of higher-dimensional Einstein's equations has given rise to a number of remarkable black hole solutions with no analog in four dimensions. These surprising new black holes display exotic shapes, different from the usual spherical horizon topology, and unforeseen physics. In this talk, I will review the full collection of known higher-dimensional black holes and explain the associated challenges in cracking Einstein's equations.