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Impact of supermassive black hole growth on star formation

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© 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Supermassive black holes are found at the centres of massive galaxies. During the growth of these black holes they light up to become visible as active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and release extraordinary amounts of energy across the electromagnetic spectrum. This energy is widely believed to regulate the rate of star formation in the black holes' host galaxies via so-called AGN feedback. However, the details of how and when this occurs remain uncertain from both an observational and theoretical perspective. I review some of the theoretical motivation and observational results and discuss possible observational signatures of the impact of supermassive black hole growth on star formation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Harrison CM

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature Astronomy

Year: 2017

Volume: 1

Online publication date: 04/07/2017

Acceptance date: 10/05/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2397-3366

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/s41550-017-0165