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Black holes from stars to galaxies across the range of masses : proceedings of the 238th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union held in Prague, Czech Republic, August 21-25, 2006 / edited by Vladimír Karas and Giorgio Matt.


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International Astronomical Union. Symposium (238th : 2006 : Prague, Czech Republic)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Book, Conference Proceedings
  • xviii, 482 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Held during the 26th IAU General Assembly in Prague.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publisher's Summary:
Until recently, black holes were often considered as exotic objects of dubious existence. In the last decade, observations have provided overwhelming evidence in favour of the presence of supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies, including the Milky Way; of stellar-mass black holes in binary stellar systems; and, possibly, of intermediate-mass black holes in ultraluminous X-ray sources in nearby galaxies. Black holes are now widely accepted as real physical entities, playing an important role in modern astrophysics. IAU S238 brought together observers and theoreticians working in black hole astrophysics - from stellar-mass black holes to supermassive ones residing at the centre of galaxies - with the aim of highlighting and discussing similarities in the physics involved. Leading researchers review the subject and report on recent results on accretion discs, relativistic jets, spectroscopy in different spectral bands - from X-rays to radio - and other aspects of black hole astrophysics.
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Karas, Vladimír.
Matt, Giorgio.
International Astronomical Union. General Assembly (26th : 2006 : Prague, Czech Republic)
IAU symposium proceedings series ; no. 238
IAU symposium and colloquium proceedings series.

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