Formation of supermassive black holes by direct collapse in pre-galactic haloes

@article{Begelman2006FormationOS,
  title={Formation of supermassive black holes by direct collapse in pre-galactic haloes},
  author={M. Begelman and M. Volonteri and M. Rees},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={370},
  pages={289-298}
}
  • M. Begelman, M. Volonteri, M. Rees
  • Published 2006
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • We describe a mechanism by which supermassive black holes (SMBHs) can form directly in the nuclei of protogalaxies, without the need for 'seed' black holes left over from early star formation. Self-gravitating gas in dark matter haloes can lose angular momentum rapidly via runaway, global dynamical instabilities, the so-called 'bars within bars' mechanism. This leads to the rapid build-up of a dense, self-gravitating core supported by gas pressure - surrounded by a radiation pressure-dominated… CONTINUE READING

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