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- Relativistic Accretion Flows onto Supermassive Black Holes: Shock Formation and Iron Fluorescent Emission Lines in Active Galactic Nuclei
- Author: Fukumura, Keigo
- Date: 2005-05-15
- Program: Physics
- Abstract: One of the exciting discoveries from the recent X-ray spectroscopic studies of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) is the so called "relativistically-broadened iron fluorescent emission line" often detected in the hard X-ray spectra. It is generally believed to originate from the inner part of the accretion disk surrounding a supermassive black hole (BH) at the center. Although we have begun to obtain some physical insight regarding such emission lines supported by theoretical models (e.g., disk-corona model), exactly how and where the observed fluorescence may take place is still disputab...
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