During the past decade, convincing evidence has been accumulated concerning the effect of active galactic nuclei (AGN) activity on the internal and external environment of their host galaxies. Featuring contributions from well-respected researchers in the field, and bringing together work by specialists in both galaxy formation and AGN, this volume addresses a number of key questions about AGN feedback in the context of galaxy formation. The topics covered include downsizing and star-formation time scales in massive elliptical galaxies, the connection between the epochs of supermassive black hole growth and galaxy formation and the question of whether AGN and star formation coexist. Authors also discuss key challenging computational problems, including jet-interstellar/intergalactic medium interactions, and both jet- and merging-induced star formation. Suitable for researchers and graduate students in astrophysics, this volume reflects the engaging and lively discussions taking place in this emerging field of research.
Vincenzo Antonuccio-Delogu is a research astronomer at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, Italy. His research focuses on dynamics and substructure in clusters of galaxies, parallel N-body simulation codes and galaxy formation and evolution. Joseph Silk is Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Beecroft Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (BIPAC). His research interests include theoretical cosmology, dark matter, galaxy formation and the cosmic microwave background.