Supermassive Black Holes in the Distant Universe / Edition 1

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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: 8/19/2004
  • Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library Series, #308
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Observational evidence for supermassive black holes 1
Ch. 2 How are AGN found? 53
Ch. 3 Theory of disk accretion onto supermassive black holes 89
Ch. 4 Modeling the accretion history of supermassive black holes 127
Ch. 5 The formation and evolution of the first massive black holes 147
Ch. 6 A panchromatic view of AGN 187
Ch. 7 Distant x-ray galaxies : insights from the local population 225
Ch. 8 Compton-thick AGN : the dark side of the x-ray background 245
Ch. 9 The accretion history of supermassive black holes 273
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