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Supermassive Black Holes

Author(s): Andrew King

ISBN: 9781108488051
Publication Date: 30/3/23
Pages: 343
Format: Hardback
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Written by an international leader in the field, this is a coherent and accessible account of the concepts that are now vital for understanding cutting-edge work on supermassive black holes. These include accretion disc misalignment, disc breaking and tearing, chaotic accretion, the merging of binary supermassive holes, the demographics of supermassive black holes, and the defining effects of feedback on their host galaxies. The treatment is largely analytic and gives in-depth discussions of the underlying physics, including gas dynamics, ideal and non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics, force-free electrodynamics, accretion disc physics, and the properties of the Kerr metric. It stresses aspects where conventional assumptions may be inappropriate and encourages the reader to think critically about current models. This volume will be useful for graduate or Masters courses in astrophysics, and as a handbook for active researchers in the field. eBook formats include colour figures while print formats are greyscale only.

  • Introduces new concepts such as accretion disc misalignment, breaking and tearing, and the theory of black hole feedback, making this front-line research accessible to MSc and graduate students
  • Describes new ideas with largely analytic arguments, in approachable language, encouraging readers to think of the physical bases of the effects considered
  • Introduces the necessary physics in detail, stressing where conventional assumptions can miss important effects, allowing readers to judge the limitations of current treatments