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Relativistic Flows in Astrophysics

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1. 1 Schematic Picture of AGN Some galaxies are known to emit radiation with extremely high luminosities from a rather small volume in the ??ray, X-ray and UV continuum. Such active cores are the so-called Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and the radiation is commonly believed to be a result of gravitational energy released by matter spiraling around 9 a supermassive central black hole of about 10 M (see Fig. 1). Though the central engine which produces the enormous observed activity cannot be resolved observationally, a standard picture of an AGN has gradually emerged to explain the richness of the radiation spectra: • an accretion disk with radius from about 2 to 100 gravitational radii, R , g feeding the central black hole and emitting mainly in the UV and soft X-rays; • the broad line optically emitting clouds (BLR), which seem to be absent in 3 some sources (e. g. FRI, see hereafter) and extend up to a few 10 R from g the center.


Titel: Relativistic Flows in Astrophysics
Autoren/Herausgeber: A.W. Guthmann, M. Georganopoulos, A. Marcowith, K. Manolakou (Hrsg.)
Aus der Reihe: Lecture Notes in Physics
Ausgabe: 2002

ISBN/EAN: 9783540435181

Seitenzahl: 246
Format: 23,4 x 15,6 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 1,200 g
Sprache: Englisch - Newsletter
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