Institute of Astronomy

X-ray Binaries and ULXs

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Peter Jonker (SRON, Netherlands Institute for Space Research)19 November 2015Institute of Astronomy Colloquia

Abstract

I will explain how dynamical mass measurements can be obtained for the black holes in these single-lined spectroscopic binaries. The goal of such measurements is to investigate how black holes forms and, in particular, to investigate if intermediate-mass black holes exist. I will highlight two recent results providing the first (tentative) dynamical evidence that indeed black holes more massive than the typical 10 solar masses might exist.

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