Physical parameter estimation in black hole X-ray binaries

Shrader, C. R.; Titarchuk, L. G.
April 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 510 Issue 1, p148
Academic Journal
We describe a method for extracting physical information on black-hole binaries systems from their X- and gamma-ray spectral properties. The high-energy continuum is interpreted as thermal emission from an accretion disk and Comptonized emission from a relativistic bulk inflow. Application of this methodology to recent X- and gamma-ray observations are presented, with emphasis on the recently discovered X-ray nova XTE J1550-564. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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