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Accretion Disks in Stellar-Mass Black Holes: Implications for AGNs

Jon Miller

University of Michigan


Abstract:   Stellar-mass black holes can be viewed as local laboratories for the study of accretion in active galactic nuclei. The timescales natural to stellar-mass black holes, and their proximity, affords the opportunity to carefully study the evolution of disks, coronae, winds, and jets. A decade of observations with RXTE, Chandra, and XMM-Newton have greatly added to a picture where accretion processes simply scale with mass. This talk will review a subset of recent developments in stellar-mass black holes, similarities with phenomena observed in AGN, and discuss ways to better establish the scalability of black hole accretion using current and future observatories.

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