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Joint Evolution of Black Holes and Galaxies

1st Edition

Edited by M. Colpi, V. Gorini, F. Haardt, U. Moschella

CRC Press

488 pages | 184 B/W Illus.

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Black holes are among the most mysterious objects that the human mind has been capable of imagining. As pure mathematical constructions, they are tools for exploiting the fundamental laws of physics. As astronomical sources, they are part of our cosmic landscape, warping space-time, coupled to the large-scale properties and life cycle of their host galaxy, and perhaps even linked to galaxy formation.

This volume, which grew from a recent doctoral school sponsored by the Italian Society of Relativity and Gravitation, brings together contributions from leading authorities to provide a review of recent developments in the study of the astrophysical black holes that inhabit nearby galaxies and distant quasars. These lectures reveal the deep symbiotic relationship between black holes and their cosmic environment and show that black holes are key sources for exploring not only our local universe, but also our cosmic dawn. Topics range from the observational evidence for supermassive black holes and the joint evolution of black holes and galaxies to the cold dark matter paradigm of hierarchical galaxy formation and from the cosmic history of the diffuse intergalactic medium to the ecology of black holes in star clusters.

Reviews

" . . . the lecture material in this comprehensive and well-produced book will provide a valuable primer for all researchers working in the area."

– Ken Pounds, University of Leicester, in Contemporary Physics, March 2009 On-line

Table of Contents

OBSERVATIONAL EVIDENCE FOR SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLES

Introduction

Some Useful Formalism

General Considerations

Resolved Stellar Dynamics

Gas as a Tracer of the Gravitational Potential

Tackling the Unresolvable: Reverberation Mapping

Scaling Relations for SMBHs

Black Hole Demographics

The Future

JOINT EVOLUTION OF BLACK HOLES AND GALAXIES: OBSERVATIONAL ISSUES

Galaxy Activity: Generalities

Local Evidence on the Interplay Between the Stellar and Gravitational Origin of AGN Activity

The Cosmic History of Galaxy Activity

Constraints on the Cosmic Energy Budget

Current Observational Programs and Future Perspectives

Current Issues on Local Active Galaxies

Faint Active Galaxies at High Redshifts: Overview

Radiative and Baryonic Remnants of Past Activity

GALAXY FORMATION IN THE HIERARCHICAL UNIVERSE

Formation and Evolution of Structure

The Formation of Dark Matter Halos

Spatial Clustering and Bias

Dark Matter Halos: Internal Properties and Correlations

Galaxy Formation Within the CDM Paradigm

Concluding Thoughts

FEEDBACK IN COSMIC STRUCTURES

Introduction

Basics

Issues Arising

Preheating by SNe

Feedback from AGNs

Enhanced Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effects

Discussion and Conclusions

THE FORMATION OF PRIMORDIAL LUMINOUS OBJECTS

Introduction

Physical Cosmology

Primordial Gas Properties

Numerical Cosmological Hydrodynamics

Protostar Formation and Accretion

Discussion

THE EVOLUTION OF BARYONS ALONG COSMIC HISTORY

Cosmogonic Preliminaries

The Dark Ages of the Universe

The Emergence of Cosmic Structures

The Epoch of Reionization

Preheating and Galaxy Formation

The Intergalactic Medium After Reionization

Conclusions

FEEDBACK PROCESSES AT COSMIC DAWN

Shock Waves

Photoionization

Thermal Instability

The Need for Feedback in Cosmology

The Gentle Feedback

Feedback in the Early Universe

THE ECOLOGY OF BLACK HOLES IN STAR CLUSTERS

Introduction

Theory of Star Cluster Evolution

Black Holes in Star Clusters

Discussion and Further Speculations

Concluding Remarks

Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI005000
SCIENCE / Astrophysics & Space Science
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics