Astronomy and Planetary Sciences

Black Hole Astrophysics

The Engine Paradigm

Authors: Meier, David L.

  • Reviews our current knowledge of cosmic black holes and how they generate the most powerful observed pheonomena in the Universe
  • Highlights the latest, most up-to-date theories and discoveries in this very active area of astrophysical research
  • Demonstrates why we believe that black holes are responsible for important phenomena such as quasars, microquasars and gamma-ray bursts
  • Explains to the reader the nature of the violent and spectacular outflows (winds and jets) generated by black hole accretion
  • The book is written in a relaxed style, with the level of mathematics used within the text appropriate for final year university students in the USA
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As a result of significant research over the past 20 years, black holes are now linked to some of the most spectacular and exciting phenomena in the Universe, ranging in size from those that have the same mass as stars to the super-massive objects that lie at the heart of most galaxies, including our own Milky Way. This book first introduces the properties of simple isolated holes, then adds in complications like rotation, accretion, radiation, and magnetic fields, finally arriving at a basic understanding of how these immense engines work.

Black Hole Astrophysics

• reviews our current knowledge of cosmic black holes and how they generate the most powerful observed pheonomena in the Universe;

• highlights the latest, most up-to-date theories and discoveries in this very active area of astrophysical research;

• demonstrates why we believe that black holes are responsible for important phenomena such as quasars, microquasars and gammaray bursts;

• explains to the reader the nature of the violent and spectacular outfl ows (winds and jets) generated by black hole accretion.

About the authors

David Meier is a Senior Research Scientist and supervisor of the Evolution of Galaxies Group at Caltech's Jet Propulsion  Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.  David had an early career doing research in genetics at Washington University School of Medicine and in solid state physics at the University of Missouri - Rolla (UMR), before achieving his goal of research in astrophysics. He was educated in physics at UMR (BS 1971; MS 1973) and in astrophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (MA 1975; PhD 1977), working there under D. Schramm, B. Tinsley, and J.C. Wheeler on astrophysical jet production, galaxy formation, and winds from accretion disks around black holes.  In 1976, with Tinsley, he predicted the existence of primeval Lyman break galaxies, which since have been discovered and found to have many of their expected properties.  At Caltech and JPL David has been an integral part of a number of projects and missions involving observations of galaxies and black hole systems, including very long baseline radio interferometry (VLBI) in the southern hemisphere, VLBI using a space-based antenna (which created a telescope three times the size of the earth), and the space interferometer mission SIM.  He also spent several years working on the US government's “star wars” project and was the group leader for parallel computing applications in that effort.  While much of his recent work has been theoretical investigations of accretion inflows and outflows from black holes systems, David also enjoys occasional observational studies, using some of the satellites and telescopes on which he has worked. He also greatly enjoys his three grandsons, with a fourth soon to arrive.

 

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This gigantic and outstanding book summarizes the state of the art of black hole physics. … The mathematical presentation is didactically excellent. … The chapters about the exhaust systems are a further highlight of the book. The different mechanisms are clearly explained and judged … . The book can be sincerely recommended for all astrophysical tutorials and to all students engaged in astrophysics.” (Johannes Viktor Feitzinger, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1259, 2013)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Recognizing Black Holes

    Meier, David L.

    Pages 3-12

  • Macroquasars: Supermassive Black Holes in the Centers of Galaxies

    Meier, David L.

    Pages 13-61

  • Microquasars: Black Holes (and Neutron Stars) of Stellar Mass in Our Galaxy

    Meier, David L.

    Pages 63-114

  • Miniquasars: Elusive Black Holes of Intermediate Mass

    Meier, David L.

    Pages 115-129

  • Physics in Everyday Life: A Review of Newtonian Mechanics

    Meier, David L.

    Pages 133-163

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eBook $169.00
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Hardcover $219.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Black Hole Astrophysics
Book Subtitle
The Engine Paradigm
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Planetary Sciences
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-01936-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-01936-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-01935-7
Series ISSN
2366-0082
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 927
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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