Black Holes in Binaries and Galactic Nuclei: Diagnostics, Demography and Formation

Proceedings of the ESO Workshop Held at Garching, Germany, 6-8 September 1999, in Honour of Riccardo Giacconi

  • Editors
  • Lex Kaper
  • Edward P. J. van den Heuvel
  • Patrick A. Woudt

Part of the ESO ASTROPHYSICS SYMPOSIA book series (ESO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Riccardo Giacconi
    Pages 3-15
  3. Mitchell C. Begelman
    Pages 16-24
  4. Phil Charles
    Pages 27-38
  5. M. H. van Kerkwijk
    Pages 39-44
  6. G. Srinivasan
    Pages 45-52
  7. Emilios T. Harlaftis, Alexei V. Filippenko
    Pages 53-56
  8. Dawn M. Leeber, Thomas E. Harrison, Bernard J. McNamara
    Pages 57-58
  9. Jerome A. Orosz, Charles D. Bailyn, Raj K. Jain, Jenny Greene
    Pages 59-60
  10. Michelle Buxton, Stephane Vennes
    Pages 61-62
  11. Andreas Eckart, Thomas Ott, Reinhard Genzel
    Pages 63-71
  12. Rob P. Olling, D. Merritt, C. L. Joseph, M. Valluri
    Pages 91-94
  13. Eva Schinnerer, Andreas Eckart, Linda Tacconi
    Pages 99-100
  14. Ethan J. Schreier, Alessandro Marconi
    Pages 101-106
  15. Niranjan Thatte, Frank Eisenhauer, Matthias Tecza, Sabine Mengel, Reinhard Genzel, Guy Monnet et al.
    Pages 107-110

About these proceedings


The observational evidence for the existence of black holes has grown significantly over recent decades. Stellar-mass black holes are detected as X-ray sources in binary systems, while supermassive black holes, with masses more than a million times the mass of the Sun, lurk in the nuclei of galaxies. These proceedings provide a useful and up-to-date overview of the observations of black holes in binaries, in the center of the Milky Way, and in the nuclei of galaxies, presented by leading expert astronomers. Special attention is given to the formation (including the recent evidence from gamma-ray bursts), physical properties, and demographics of black holes.


Black Holes Galactic Nuclei Galaxy Formation Stellar Evolution X-Ray Binaries Accretion astronomy black hole black holes Demographics demography galaxy gamma-ray burst milky way relativistic jet stellar stellar evolution sun

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-41581-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-44562-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-2433
  • Series Online ISSN 1611-6143
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