How big can a black hole grow

@article{King2016HowBC,
  title={How big can a black hole grow},
  author={A. King},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2016},
  volume={456}
}
  • A. King
  • Published 2016
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • I show that there is a physical limit to the mass of a black hole, above which it can- not grow through luminous accretion of gas, and so cannot appear as a quasar or active galactic nucleus (AGN). The limit is Mmax � 5 × 10 10 Mfor typical parameters, but can reach Mmax � 2.7 × 10 11 Min extreme cases (e.g. maximal prograde spin). The largest black hole masses so far found are close to but below the limit. The Eddington luminosity �6.5 × 10 48 ergs −1 corresponding to Mmax is remarkably close… CONTINUE READING

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