Black Hole Evaporation - further reading
is the central figure in the subject of black hole evaporation. His book A Brief History of Time
is known as a classic, but if you want a simpler book you might like Black holes and baby universes
, which is a collection of essays, including some autobiographical ones.
Another person to remember is John Wheeler
, the inventor of the term 'Black Hole'. His autobiography Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam
has plenty of useful information on the subject. Black holes and time warps
by Kip Thorne
is also of interest, with biographical information of the main researchers in the field.
For a simple introduction there's Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines by Jim Al-Khalili or Gravity's Fatal Attraction by Mitchell Begelman and Martin Rees. Another book aimed at the general reader is Space, Time, and Gravity by Robert Wald .
More advanced books
If you want a book that's accessible to science undergraduates or advanced students at school there's Gravity black holes and the universe
by Iain Nicolson
. Quantum Theory, Black Holes and Inflation
by Ian Moss
is a well presented textbook which is suitable for advanced undergraduates in mathematics or theoretical physics. The 'standard' textbook in the subject is probably General Relativity
by Robert Wald
. I wasn't so sure about his book Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
. Although it might be useful if you want a work specifically about this subject, I was rather put off by the layout of the book. A comprehensive treatment of the subject of black holes is given by Novikov
in the book Physics of black holes
Papers and online articles
There are a couple of useful articles about Hawking radiation at Wikipedia
and the Physics FAQ
Towards a Full Quantum Theory of Black Holes
Do black holes radiate?
Black Holes and Thermodynamics
are three papers from arXiv which give overviews of black hole evaporation.
The original paper showing that black holes will evaporate is
Particle creation by black holes, S W Hawking, Commun. Math. Phys. 43 (1975), 199-220.
Unfortunately it's not available online as far as I can tell.