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Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei

Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei
An Introduction

  • Authors:
  • Ajit K. Kembhavi, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India
  • Jayant V. Narlikar, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India
  • Date Published: March 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521479899


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  • This book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of quasars and active galactic nuclei (AGN). The latest observations and theoretical models are combined in this clear, pedagogic textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Researchers will also find this wide-ranging and coherent review invaluable. Throughout, detailed derivations of important results are provided to ensure the book is self-contained. Theories and models are critically compared with detailed and often puzzling observations from across the spectrum. We are led through all the key topics, including quasar surveys, continuum radiation, time variability, relativistic beaming, accretion disks, jet sidedness, gravitational lensing, unification and detailed, multi-wavelength studies of individual objects. Particular emphasis is placed on radio, X- and gamma-ray observations - not covered in depth in any previous book. All those entering into this exciting and dynamic area of astronomy research will find this book an ideal introduction.

    • Unlike existing books, combines both the latest observations and theoretical models
    • Full derivations of key results ensure the book is self-contained
    • Integrates radio, X- and gamma-ray observations - not covered in previous books
    • Narlikar is an established Press author and internationally renowned for his research and teaching; Kembhavi is gifted young theorist
    • Includes hot topics such as relativistic beaming, accretion disks, gravitational lensing and unification
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Refreshingly, both the observational and theoretical aspects are discussed with equal competence, which, along with the many fine illustrations and diagrams, makes for an interesting read. The authors have done an excellent job of presenting a great deal of complex information succinctly. The test should be required reading for anyone involved in, or about to be involved in, research on AGN or quasars.' A. D. Andrews, Irish Astronomical Journal

    'A quiet revolution has been occurring in the field of extragalactic astronomy … Following these strides in AGN research, new books that seek to summarize the state of current research are welcome. Ajit Kembhavi and Jayant Narlikar's Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei is one such book … Within a historical background and cosmological framework, and with an easy-to-read style, the authors state their ideas clearly, introduce important physical and astronomical concepts, and explain their relevance to AGN … This book serves well as an introductory text for the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate student who wishes general knowledge of the field of AGN research.' Physics Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521479899
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 172 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acronyms and abbreviations
    1. Historical background
    2. The cosmological framework
    3. Radiative processes - I
    4. Radiative processes - II
    5. The standard model
    6. Surveys
    7. Luminosity functions
    8. The continuum
    9. Radio properties
    10. X-ray emission
    11. X-ray and gamma-ray spectra
    12. Unification
    13. Quasar absorption lines
    14. Gravitation lensing
    15. Problems and controversies
    Books, reviews and proceedings
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    Ajit K. Kembhavi, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India

    Jayant V. Narlikar, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India

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