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Black Hole Formation and Growth

Saas-Fee Advanced Course 48. Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

  • Tiziana Di Matteo
  • Andrew King
  • Neil J. Cornish
  • Roland Walter
  • Philippe Jetzer
  • Lucio Mayer
  • Nicolas Produit
Book

Part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Course book series (SAASFEE, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Neil J. Cornish
    Pages 1-92

About this book

Introduction

The ultimate proofs that black holes exist have been obtained very recently thanks to the detection of gravitational waves from their coalescence and due to material orbiting at a distance of some gravitational radii imaged by optical interferometry or X-ray reverberation mapping. This book provides three comprehensive and up-to-date reviews covering the gravitational wave breakthrough, our understanding of accretion and feedback in supermassive black holes and the relevance of black holes for the Universe since the Big Bang. 

Neil J. Cornish presents gravitational wave emission from black hole mergers and the physics of detection. Andrew King reviews the physics of accretion on to supermassive black holes and their feedback on host galaxies. Tiziana Di Matteo addresses our understanding of black hole formation at cosmic dawn, the emergence of the first quasars, black hole merging and structure formation. The topics covered by the 48th Saas-Fee Course provide a broad overview of the importance of black holes in modern astrophysics.

Keywords

Virgo interferometer Black hole accretion Black hole feedback Cosmological structure formation Gravitational wave antennas Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)

Authors and affiliations

  • Tiziana Di Matteo
    • 1
  • Andrew King
    • 2
  • Neil J. Cornish
    • 3
  1. 1.McWilliams Center for CosmologyCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Dept of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Roland Walter
    • 1
  • Philippe Jetzer
    • 2
  • Lucio Mayer
    • 3
  • Nicolas Produit
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Physik-InstitutUniversity of ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute for Computational ScienceUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of AstronomyUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-59799-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-59798-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-59799-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-7980
  • Series Online ISSN 1861-8227
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