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The boundary of a black hole is said to be surrounded by event horizon - the point of no return! What is its significance in terms of general relativity?

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What I mean to say is, how are the characteristics of event horizon related to Space-Time? –  Spacetrekker Feb 26 at 13:45

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It is exactly the point of no return for light. In other words, it is the point (actually more like a sphere) in which the escape velocity from the Black Hole gravity reaches $c$.

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What I mean to say is, how are the characteristics of event horizon related to Space-Time?

Formally, an event horizon is the boundary of a region of spacetime that's not in the causal past of future null infinity. In other words, the boundary of a region from which even idealized light rays cannot escape to infinity. Whenever the event horizon is smooth, it is also null hypersurface--i.e., the direction perpendicular to it is a light ray.

Because the event horizon is defined in terms of the infinite future, the definition is very non-local, and one would need to know the entire future history to be sure where the event horizon is. As such, it is only one of a half-dozen different types of horizons used to study black holes.

Though the event-horizon itself is a three-dimensional hypersurface in spacetime, it can also be viewed as an evolving two-dimensional membrane made of a viscuous electrically conducting fluid with finite temperature and entropy but zero thermal conductivity.

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