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AN INTRODUCTION TO ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI

Bradley M. Peterson

Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University

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ABSTRACT. How can we test if a supermassive black hole lies at the heart of every active galactic nucleus? What are LINERS, BL Lacs, N galaxies, broad-line radio galaxies and radio-quiet quasars and how do they compare? This timely textbook answers these questions in a clear, comprehensive and self-contained introduction to active galactic nuclei - for graduate students in astronomy and physics.

The study of AGN is one of the most dynamic areas of contemporary astronomy, involving one fifth of all research astronomers. This textbook provides a systematic review of the observed properties of AGN across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, examines the underlying physics, and shows how the brightest AGN, quasars, can be used to probe the farthest reaches of the Universe. This book serves as both an entry point to the research literature and as a valuable reference for researchers in the field.

Table of Contents

Basic Properties and a Brief Historical Perspective

Seyfert Galaxies
Radio Surveys and Quasars
Properties of Quasars

Radio Properties of Quasars
Variability
Ultraviolet Fluxes
Broad Emission Lines
Quasar Redshifts

Radio-Quiet Quasars

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