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Title: The early growth of the first black holes

With detections of quasars powered by increasingly massive black holes at increasingly early times in cosmic history over the past decade, there has been correspondingly rapid progress made on the theory of early black hole formation and growth. Here, we review the emerging picture of how the first massive black holes formed from the primordial gas and then grew to supermassive scales. We discuss the initial conditions for the formation of the progenitors of these seed black holes, the factors dictating the initial masses with which they form, and their initial stages of growth via accretion, which may occur at super-Eddington rates. Lastly, we briefly discuss how these results connect to large-scale simulations of the growth of supermassive black holes in the first billion years after the Big Bang.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. dell'Insubria, Como (Italy)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1323-3580; applab
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33; Journal ID: ISSN 1323-3580
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE (originally DOE/LANL)
Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; accretion; accretion disks; radiation: dynamics; black hole physics; quasars: general; cosmology: theory