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AGN flickering and chaotic accretion

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posted on 2016-02-01, 10:12 authored by Andrew Robert King, C. Nixon
Observational arguments suggest that the growth phases of the supermassive black holes in active galactic nuclei have a characteristic time-scale ∼10[Superscript: 5] yr. We show that this is the time-scale expected in the chaotic accretion picture of black hole feeding, because of the effect of self-gravity in limiting the mass of any accretion-disc feeding event.

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Citation

Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 2015, 453 (1), pp. L46-L47 (2)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Physics and Astronomy

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  • VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

issn

0035-8711

eissn

1365-2966

Acceptance date

2015-07-19

Copyright date

2015

Available date

2016-02-01

Publisher version

http://mnrasl.oxfordjournals.org/content/453/1/L46

Language

en