Observational evidence for stellar mass black holes

Authors
Citation
T. Shahbaz, Observational evidence for stellar mass black holes, J ASTROPHYS, 20(3-4), 1999, pp. 197-210
Citations number
61
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ASTROPHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
ISSN journal
0250-6335 → ACNP
Volume
20
Issue
3-4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
197 - 210
Database
ISI
SICI code
0250-6335(199912)20:3-4<197:OEFSMB>2.0.ZU;2-G
Abstract
I review the evidence for stellar mass black holes in the Galaxy. The uniqu e properties of the soft X-ray transient (SXTs) have provided the first opp ortunity for detailed studies of the mass-losing star in low-mass X-ray bin aries. The large mass functions of these systems imply that the compact obj ect has a mass greater than the maximum mass of a neutron star, strengtheni ng the case that they contain black holes. The results and techniques used are discussed. I also review the recent study of a comparison of the lumino sities of black hole and neutron star systems which has yielded compelling evidence for the existence of event horizons.