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Information on stellar black hole formation derived from X-ray binaries and gamma ray bursts

Abstract:

The dozen known black-hole X-ray binaries are our sole source of information on the stellar-mass black-hole population in our Galaxy. It is shown, from a combination of evolutionary considerations and the observed galactic incidence of low-mass X-ray binaries that contain neutron stars and black holes, that the total number of stellar-mass black holes in the Galaxy must be of order 10(8). The very peculiar supernova SN 1998 bw that coincided with Gamma Ray burst GRB980425 was the first birth ...

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van den Heuvel, EPJ More by this author
Volume:
229
Pages:
525-536
Publication date:
2001
URN:
uuid:2ad77f24-6a29-4ae9-bbc3-6bb8d146fe3d
Source identifiers:
25516
Local pid:
pubs:25516
ISBN:
1-58381-061-7

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