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Thermal continuum from accretion disks in quasars

Nature volume 272, pages 706708 (20 April 1978) | Download Citation

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ACCRETION onto black holes in galactic nuclei is a promising power source for quasars1,2, but observational proof has been elusive. I argue here that supermassive accretion in disks may explain the flat optical continuum observed from some QSOs and Seyfert galaxies.

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  1. Department of Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712

    • G. A. SHIELDS

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