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SMBH accretion and mergers: removing the symmetries

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posted on 2019-10-15, 13:24 authored by Andrew King, Chris Nixon
We review recent progress in studying accretion flows on to supermassive black holes (SMBH). Much of this removes earlier assumptions of symmetry and regularity, such as aligned and prograde disc rotation. This allows a much richer variety of effects, often because cancellation of angular momentum allows rapid infall. Potential applications include lower SMBH spins allowing faster mass growth and suppressing gravitational-wave reaction recoil in mergers, gas-assisted SMBH mergers, and near-dynamical accretion in galaxy centres.

Funding

Research in theoretical astrophysics at Leicester is supported by an STFC Consolidated Grant. CN acknowledges support for this work, provided by NASA through the Einstein Fellowship Program, grant PF2-130098.

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Citation

Classical and Quantum Gravity, 2013, 30 (24)

Author affiliation

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

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Classical and Quantum Gravity

Publisher

IOP Publishing

issn

0264-9381

eissn

1361-6382

Copyright date

2013

Available date

2019-10-15

Publisher version

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0264-9381/30/24/244006

Language

en