ASTR 553/554 : Extragalactic Astronomy
Reading Assignments, and other reference material.
Topic 15 : Active Galactic Nuclei
Reading before class :
- These notes (!)
- EAA: "Active Galaxies: Overview" Matt Malkan
- EAA: "Seyfert Galaxies" Mark Whittle
Main Texts :
Our primary text, Binney & Merrifield, has little on AGN, so we need to look elsewhere.
There are five excellent recent texts :
The first two are at a slightly lower level. If you were to buy one book, then I suggest
Peterson's if you do not intend to do further work in AGNs, or Krolik's if you do. If you
intend to work on radio galaxies, then DeYoung's book would also be a good buy.
- Brad Peterson : An Introduction to Active Galactic Nuclei
- Ian Robson : Active Galactic Nuclei
- Julian Krolik : Active Galactic Nuclei
- Khembavi & Narlikar : Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclie
- Dave DeYoung : The Physics of Extragalactic Radio Sources
Other Review Material :
Keel's Graduate Notes has a number of sections which are relevant: 9 topics starting with
"Active Nuclei: Discovery & Taxonomy"
EAA : "Active Galaxies: Observations" Wilkes & Peterson
EAA : "Active Galaxies: Unified Model" Brad Peterson & Belinda Wilkes
EAA : "Active Galactic Nuclei: Variability" Ulrich
EAA : "Polarization in Active Galaxies" Schmidt & Hines
EAA : "Quasistellar Objects: Overview" Osmer
EAA : "Quasistellar Objects: Surveys" Hewett
EAA : "Quasistellar Objects: Intrinsic AGN Absorption Lines" Hammann
EAA : "High-redshift Quasars" Schneider
EAA : "Astrophysical Jets" Blandford
References by topic :
History : Shields "A Brief History of Active Galactic Nuclei", 1999 PASP 111 661