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X-ray Binaries and ULXs

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I will explain how dynamical mass measurements can be obtained for the black holes in these single-lined spectroscopic binaries. The goal of such measurements is to investigate how black holes forms and, in particular, to investigate if intermediate-mass black holes exist. I will highlight two recent results providing the first (tentative) dynamical evidence that indeed black holes more massive than the typical 10 solar masses might exist.

This talk is part of the Institute of Astronomy Colloquia series.

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