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Paper: Evolution of Massive Black Hole Spins
Volume: 427, Accretion and Ejection in AGN: a Global View
Page: 3
Authors: Volonteri, M.
Abstract: Black hole spins affect the efficiency of the “classical” accretion processes, hence the radiative output from quasars. Spins also determine how much energy is extractable from the hole itself. Recently it became clear that massive black hole spins also affect the retention of black holes in galaxy, because of the impulsive “gravitational recoil,” up to thousands km/s, due to anisotropic emission of gravitational waves at merger. I discuss here the evolution of massive black hole spins along the cosmic history, due to the combination of mergers and accretion events.
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