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Measuring Black Hole Spin

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Sackler Lecture 2010

An astrophysical black hole is completely described with just two parameters: its mass and its dimensionless spin. A few dozen black holes have mass estimates, but until recently none had a reliable spin estimate. In the last few years, our group has measured spin parameters for a small number of black holes in X-ray binaries. The talk will describe the method we use to make these measurements and will discuss implications of the results obtained so far.

This talk is part of the The Sackler Lectures series.

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