### Abstract

Smooth spacetimes possessing a (global) one-parameter group of isometries and an associated Killing horizon in Einstein's theory of gravity are investigated. No assumption concerning the asymptotic structure is made; thereby, the selected spacetimes may be considered as generic distorted stationary black holes. First, spacetimes of arbitrary dimension, n ≥ 3, with matter satisfying the dominant energy condition and allowing a non-zero cosmological constant are investigated. In this part, complete characterization of the topology of the event horizon of 'distorted' black holes is given. It is shown that the topology of the event horizon of 'distorted' black holes is allowed to possess a much larger variety than that of the isolated black hole configurations. In the second part, four-dimensional (non-degenerate) electrovac distorted black hole spacetimes are considered. It is shown that the spacetime geometry and the electromagnetic field are uniquely determined in the black hole region once the geometry of the bifurcation surface and one of the electromagnetic potentials are specified there. Conditions guaranteeing the same type of determinacy, in a neighbourhood of the event horizon, on the domain of outer communication side are also investigated. In particular, they are shown to be satisfied in the analytic case.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 5541-5571 |

Number of pages | 31 |

Journal | Classical and Quantum Gravity |

Volume | 24 |

Issue number | 22 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Dec 1 2007 |

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### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

### Cite this

*Classical and Quantum Gravity*,

*24*(22), 5541-5571. https://doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/24/22/016