Observing Supermassive Black Holes Across Cosmic Time: From Phenomenology to Physics

  title={Observing Supermassive Black Holes Across Cosmic Time: From Phenomenology to Physics},
  author={A. Merloni},
  journal={Lecture Notes in Physics},
  • A. Merloni
  • Published 2015
  • Physics
  • Lecture Notes in Physics
  • In the last decade, a combination of high sensitivity and spatial resolution observations and of coordinated multi-wavelength surveys has revolutionized our view of extra-galactic black hole (BH) astrophysics. We now know that supermassive black holes reside in the nuclei of almost every galaxy, grow over cosmological times by accreting matter, interact and merge with each other, and in the process liberate enormous amounts of energy that influence dramatically the evolution of the surrounding… CONTINUE READING
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