Measuring the Angular Momentum of Supermassive Black Holes

  • Laura Brenneman

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Astronomy book series (BRIEFSASTRON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Laura Brenneman
    Pages 1-4
  3. Laura Brenneman
    Pages 5-9
  4. Laura Brenneman
    Pages 11-16
  5. Laura Brenneman
    Pages 39-44
  6. Laura Brenneman
    Pages 45-46
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 51-54

About this book


Measuring the spin distribution of supermassive black holes is of critical importance for understanding how these black holes and their host galaxies form and evolve over time, yet this type of study is only in its infancy.  This brief describes how astronomers measure spin in supermassive black holes using X-ray spectroscopy.   It also reviews the constraints that have been placed on the spin distribution in local, bright active galaxies over the past six years, and the cosmological implications of these constraints.  Finally, it summarizes the open questions that remain in this exciting new field of research and points toward future discoveries soon to be made by the next generation of space-based observatories.


X-ray spectroscopy black holes angular momentum black holes astrophysical measurements black hole properties black hole spin measuring black hole spin relativistic astronomy springer astronomy brief

Authors and affiliations

  • Laura Brenneman
    • 1
  1. 1.Smithsonian Astrophysical ObservatoryCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Laura Brenneman 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7770-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7771-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-9100
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-9119
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