Mass Measurements of Black Holes in X-Ray Transients: Is There a Mass Gap?

@article{Kreidberg2012MassMO,
  title={Mass Measurements of Black Holes in X-Ray Transients: Is There a Mass Gap?},
  author={L. Kreidberg and C. Bailyn and W. Farr and V. Kalogera},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={757},
  pages={36}
}
  • L. Kreidberg, C. Bailyn, +1 author V. Kalogera
  • Published 2012
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • We explore possible systematic errors in the mass measurements of stellar mass black holes (BHs). We find that significant errors can arise from the assumption of zero or constant emission from the accretion flow, which is commonly used when determining orbital inclination by modeling ellipsoidal variations. For A0620?00, the system with the best available data, we show that typical data sets and analysis procedures can lead to systematic underestimates of the inclination by 10? or more. A… CONTINUE READING
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