A Method for Black Hole Mass Determination in Accretion Powered X-Ray Sources

@inproceedings{Shrader2008AMF,
  title={A Method for Black Hole Mass Determination in Accretion Powered X-Ray Sources},
  author={Chris R. Shrader and Lev Titarchuk},
  year={2008}
}
We describe a method for the determination of black-hole masses based on information inferred from high-energy spectra. It is required that the spectral energy distribution consist of thermal and Comptonized components. One can then, in principle, infer the depth of the gravitational potential well for sources of known distance. The thermal component is inferred by the integration of a blackbody spectral form over the disk. We assume that the color temperature distribution in the disk has a… CONTINUE READING