Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 1984. 22: 471-506
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BLACK HOLE MODELS FOR ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI

Martin J. Rees


Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA, England


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

INFERENCES INSENSITIVE TO DETAILED MODEL
Some Fiducial Numbers
Processes in Ultrahot Thermal Plasma
Cyclotron/Synchrotron and Inverse Compton Cooling

RADIAL ACCRETION FLOWS
Spherical Accretion

BLACK HOLES ACCORDING TO GENERAL RELATIVITY
The Kerr Metric
Three Astrophysically Important Relativistic Effects

ACCRETION FLOWS WITH ANGULAR MOMENTUM
Origin of Infalling Matter
Thin Disks
General Structure of Tori or Thick Disks
RADIATION-SUPPORTED TORI
Ion-Supported Tori

JET FORMATION

SOME COMMENTS ON PHENOMENOLOGY
The Continuum Spectrum
Ordinary QSOs
Radio Galaxies
Radio Quasars and Optically Violent Variables (OVVs)
Hard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Sources

DEMOGRAPHY OF AGNs

SOME CONCLUDING COMMENTS

REFERENCES

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