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Central regions of AGN: exciting new results from XMM-Newton and Chandra: implications for current and future x-ray missions
Author(s): Thomas Boller
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Paper Abstract

Recent X-ray observations of active galaxies and quasars have significantly improved our ability to probe the environments of supermassive black holes. The high throughput and excellent spectral capabilities of the new generation of X-ray observatories have already revealed many new and unexpected observational results, resulting in a more precise understanding of the physics operating within a few Schwarzschild radii around the supermassive black hole, the molecular torus zone as well as the nuclear starburst activity. The talk will review the new observational results on the iron K line as an important diagnostic tool for probing matter within a few Schwarzschild radii.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4851, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy, (11 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461283
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Thomas Boller, Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4851:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Telescopes and Instruments for Astronomy
Joachim E. Truemper; Harvey D. Tananbaum, Editor(s)

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