Black hole feeding and feedback in the context of galaxy formation

Rachel S. Somerville

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I describe ways in which state-of-the-art cosmological simulations are modeling the growth and evolution of supermassive black holes (feeding), and the impact of the energy that they release on galaxies and their surroundings (feedback). I then discuss how this new picture of interconnected co-evolution of galaxies and black holes provides plausible explanations for several of the mysteries that have long vexed theorists studying galaxy formation within the hierarchical cold dark matter paradigm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-420
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS267
StatePublished - Aug 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Black hole physics
  • Cosmology: theory
  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: formation


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