# nLab Schwarzschild radius

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### Context

#### Gravity

gravity, supergravity

# Contents

## Idea

The radius of the horizon of a Schwarzschild spacetime black hole of mass $m$ is called the Schwarzschild radius,

$r_m = 2 m G/c^2$

where $G$ denotes the gravitational constant and $c$ denotes the speed of light.

## Properties

### Relation to Compton wavelength

Another physical unit of length parameterized by a mass $m$ is the Compton wavelength $\ell_m = \frac{2 \pi \hbar}{m c}$. Solving the equation

$\array{ & \ell_m &=& r_m \\ \Leftrightarrow & 2\pi\hbar / m c &=& 2 m G / c^2 }$

for $m$ yields the Planck mass

$m_{P} \coloneqq \tfrac{1}{\sqrt{\pi}} m_{\ell = r} = \sqrt{\frac{\hbar c}{G}} \,.$

The corresponding Compton wavelength $\ell_{m_{P}}$ is given by the Planck length $\ell_P$

$\ell_{P} \coloneqq \tfrac{1}{2\pi} \ell_{m_P} = \sqrt{ \frac{\hbar G}{c^3} } \,$

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