Space Sciences Series of ISSI

The Physics of Accretion onto Black Holes

Editors: Falanga, M., Belloni, T., Casella, P., Gilfanov, M., Jonker, P., King, A. (Eds.)

  • Provides a comprehensive summary on the physical models and current theory of black hole accretion, growth and mergers, in both the supermassive and stellar-mass cases
  • Gives an up-to-date overview of recent black hole observational results over the entire electromagnetic range
  • Offers a historical account of black hole exploration, including international space missions and ground-based observations
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Provides a comprehensive summary on the physical models and current theory of black hole accretion, growth and mergers, in both the supermassive and stellar-mass cases.

This title reviews in-depth research on accretion on all scales, from galactic binaries to intermediate mass and supermassive black holes. Possible future directions of accretion are also discussed. The following main themes are covered: a historical perspective; physical models of accretion onto black holes of all masses; black hole fundamental parameters; and accretion, jets and outflows. An overview and outlook on the topic is also presented.

This volume summarizes the status of the study of astrophysical black hole research and is aimed at astrophysicists and graduate students working in this field.

Originally published in Space Science Reviews, Vol 183/1-4, 2014.

About the authors

Professor Maurizio Falanga is the Science Program Manager at the International Space Science Institute. His research areas include high-energy astrophysics, observations and numerical simulations.

Professor Tomaso Belloni is a senior scientist at INAF’s Brera Astronomical Observatory. He is an expert in X-ray astronomy, accreting sources and time series analysis.

Dr. Piergiorgio Casella is an astronomer at INAF's Rome Astronomical Observatory. He is an expert in high-energy astrophysics, accretion and jet physics.

Professor Marat Gilfanov is a senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. His research areas include theoretical and observational astrophysics, black holes and galaxies.

Professor Peter Jonker is an astronomer at SRON. He is an expert in high-energy astrophysics and observations.

Professor Andrew King is a senior scientist at the University of Leicester. He is an expert in theoretical astrophysics, accretion, black holes and galaxies.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Foreword

    Falanga, Maurizio (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Searching for Black Holes in Space

    Pounds, Ken

    Pages 5-19

  • General Overview of Black Hole Accretion Theory

    Blaes, Omer

    Pages 21-41

  • Fast Variability from Black-Hole Binaries

    Belloni, Tomaso M. (et al.)

    Pages 43-60

  • Modelling Spectral and Timing Properties of Accreting Black Holes: The Hybrid Hot Flow Paradigm

    Poutanen, Juri (et al.)

    Pages 61-85

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Physics of Accretion onto Black Holes
Editors
  • M. Falanga
  • Tomaso Belloni
  • Piergiorgio Casella
  • M. Gilfanov
  • Peter Jonker
  • Andrew King
Series Title
Space Sciences Series of ISSI
Series Volume
49
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-2227-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-2227-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-2226-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-4982-3
Series ISSN
1385-7525
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 489
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Originally published in Space Science Reviews, Vol. 183, Issues 1-4, 2014
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