Supermassive Black Holes in the Distant Universe / Edition 1

Supermassive Black Holes in the Distant Universe / Edition 1

by A.J. Barger
     
 

ISBN-10: 1402024703

ISBN-13: 9781402024702

Pub. Date: 08/19/2004

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

This book provides a unique overview of recent developments in studies of AGN and the evolution of supermassive black holes, with particular emphasis on the revolutionary results from the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray Observatories. Each chapter is a comprehensive analysis and review by an expert in the field that should provide easy access to the subject. The

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This book provides a unique overview of recent developments in studies of AGN and the evolution of supermassive black holes, with particular emphasis on the revolutionary results from the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray Observatories. Each chapter is a comprehensive analysis and review by an expert in the field that should provide easy access to the subject. The chapters progressively follow a single theme—-the mapping of the accretion history of the universe—-from both theoretical and observational points of view. The chapters are written at a level that should be accessible to graduate students and non-specialists, yet the depth and innovation of the analyses will also make it highly informative to the specialist. The topical nature of the subject matter means that the material presented in this book is not well covered in the present literature. Moreover, the depth and interconnectedness of the chapters ensures that the coverage is much more comprehensive and informative than a conference proceeding would be. The book is intended for astronomers in general, X-ray astronomers, researchers working in the field of quasars and AGN, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402024702
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
08/19/2004
Series:
Astrophysics and Space Science Library Series, #308
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Observational evidence for supermassive black holes1
Ch. 2How are AGN found?53
Ch. 3Theory of disk accretion onto supermassive black holes89
Ch. 4Modeling the accretion history of supermassive black holes127
Ch. 5The formation and evolution of the first massive black holes147
Ch. 6A panchromatic view of AGN187
Ch. 7Distant x-ray galaxies : insights from the local population225
Ch. 8Compton-thick AGN : the dark side of the x-ray background245
Ch. 9The accretion history of supermassive black holes273

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