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X-Ray Properties of Black-Hole Binaries
AbstractWe review the properties and behavior of 20 X-ray binaries that contain a dynamically-confirmed black hole, 17 of which are transient systems. During the past decade, many of these transien...
Compact Stellar X-Ray Sources: Black hole binaries
4.1.1 Scope of this review We focus on 18 black holes with measured masses that are located in X–ray binary systems. These black holes are the most visible representatives of an estimated ∼300
The Spin of the Near-Extreme Kerr Black Hole GRS 1915+105
Based on a spectral analysis of the X-ray continuum that employs a fully relativistic accretion disk model, we conclude that the compact primary of the binary X-ray source GRS 1915+105 is a rapidly
A Radio Pulsar/X-ray Binary Link
From X-ray Binary to Pulsar Pulsars with millisecond rotational periods are thought to originate from neutron stars in low-mass x-ray binaries that had their spin frequencies increased by
THE MASS OF THE BLACK HOLE IN CYGNUS X-1
Cygnus X-1 is a binary star system that is comprised of a black hole and a massive giant companion star in a tight orbit. Building on our accurate distance measurement reported in the preceding
THE TRIGONOMETRIC PARALLAX OF CYGNUS X-1
We report a direct and accurate measurement of the distance to the X-ray binary Cygnus X-1, which contains the first black hole to be discovered. The distance of 1.86{sup +0.12}{sub -0.11} kpc was
First Results from the All-Sky Monitor on the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer
The all-sky monitor on the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer has been monitoring the sky in the 1.5-12 keV band since late February. The instrument consists of three coded-aperture cameras that can be
Dynamical Evidence for a Black Hole in the Microquasar XTE J1550-564
Optical spectroscopic observations of the companion star (type G8 IV to K4 III) in the microquasar system XTE J1550-564 reveal a radial velocity curve with a best-fitting spectroscopic period of Psp
A Parallax Distance to the Microquasar GRS 1915+105 and a Revised Estimate of its Black Hole Mass
Using the Very Long Baseline Array, we have measured a trigonometric parallax for the micro quasar GRS 1915+105, which contains a black hole and a K-giant companion. This yields a direct distance
Simultaneous X-ray and optical observations of GX 339-4 in an X-ray high state
Optical emission, soft X-rays, and hard X-rays have been observed simultaneously from the black hole candidate GX 3339-4 in a typical high state. Each of these components is interpreted as arising
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