Aspects of black holes in gravitational theories with broken Lorentz and diffeomorphism symmetries.


Since Stephen Hawking discovered that black holes emit thermal radiation, black holes have become the theoretical laboratories for testing our ideas on quantum gravity. This dissertation is devoted to the study of singularities, the formation of black holes by gravitational collapse and the global structure of spacetime. All our investigations are in the context of a recently proposed approach to quantum gravity, which breaks Lorentz and diffeomorphism symmetries at very high energies.



Quantum gravity. Black holes. Horava-Lifshitz gravity. Lorentz invariance. Diffeomorphism. Symmetry.