This talk will review recent progress on two distinct issues. (i) The origin and growth of massive holes in the context of galaxy formation and evolution: Why is there such a close correlation between hole masses and the properties of host galaxies? What is the the role of galactic mergers? How rapidly can holes grow? How can we account for powerful QSOs at the highest redshift? Are Population III remnants the 'seeds' for massive holes? (ii) Probes of the 'strong-field' domain: X-ray spectroscopy, jet physics, variability and precession effects, gravitational waves, etc.
Black Holes from Stars to Galaxies -- Across the Range of Masses
- Pub Date:
- April 2007
- review to appear in Proc. IAU Symp. 238, "Black Holes: from stars to galaxies - across the range of masses"