A Physical Model for the Origin of Quasar Lifetimes

  title={A Physical Model for the Origin of Quasar Lifetimes},
  author={Philip F. Hopkins and Lars E. Hernquist and Paul Martini and Thomas J. Cox and Brant E. Robertson and Tiziana Di Matteo and Volker Springel},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  pages={L71 - L74}
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