ACCRETION ONTO THE SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE IN M87

@article{Matteo2003ACCRETIONOT,
  title={ACCRETION ONTO THE SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE IN M87},
  author={T. Matteo and S. Allen and A. Fabian and A. Wilson and A. Young},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={582},
  pages={133-140}
}
  • T. Matteo, S. Allen, +2 authors A. Young
  • Published 2003
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • Chandra X-ray observations of the giant elliptical galaxy M87 resolve the thermal state of the hot interstellar medium into the accretion (Bondi) radius of its central 3 × 109 M☉ black hole. We measure the X-ray gas temperature and density profiles and calculate the Bondi accretion rate, Bondi ~ 0.1 M☉ yr-1. The X-ray luminosity of the active nucleus of M87 observed with Chandra is LX,0.5-7 keV ~ 7 × 1040 ergs s-1. This value is much less than the predicted nuclear luminosity, LBondi ~ 5 × 1044… CONTINUE READING
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