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Title:
Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei, X-Ray Binaries and Ultraluminous X-Ray Sources
Authors:
Kuncic, Zdenka
Affiliation:
AA(School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW 2006, Australia. )
Publication:
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp. 195-198. (PASA Homepage)
Publication Date:
00/2005
Origin:
PASA
Astronomy Keywords:
black holes, accretion, galaxies: nuclei, X-rays: binaries
DOI:
10.1071/AS05002
Bibliographic Code:
2005PASA...22..195K

Abstract

This review summarizes the astrophysical evidence for the existence of black holes provided by their gravitational influence on nearby matter. Two classes of accreting black holes have now been observationally verified: supermassive black holes (SMBHs) in galactic nuclei, and stellar-mass black holes in X-ray binaries (XRBs). With the recent re-discovery of ultra-luminous X-ray (ULX) sources, fresh evidence has also emerged for the existence of a third class of accreting black holes: intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs). The properties of the three classes of accreting black holes are briefly discussed.
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