MOCCA-Survey Database I: Galactic globular clusters harbouring a black hole subsystem

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There have been increasing theoretical speculations and observational indications that certain globular clusters (GCs) could contain a sizeable population of stellar mass black holes (BHs). In this paper, we shortlist at least 29 Galactic GCs that could be hosting a subsystem of BHs (BHS). In a companion paper, we analysed results from a wide array of GC models (simulated with the MOCCA code for cluster simulations) that retained few tens to several hundreds of BHs at 12 Gyr and showed that the properties of the BHS in those GCs correlate with the GC’s observable properties. Building on those results, we use available observational properties of 140 Galactic GCs to identify 29 GCs that could potentially be harbouring up to a few hundreds of BHs. Utilizing observational properties and theoretical scaling relations, we estimate the density, size, and mass of the BHS in these GCs. We also calculate the total number of BHs and the fraction of BHs contained in a binary system for our shortlisted Galactic GCs. Additionally, we mention other Galactic GCs that could also contain a significant number of single BHs or BHs in binary systems.


Externa organisationer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Heidelberg University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi
Sidor (från-till)1844-1854
Antal sidor11
TidskriftMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
StatusPublished - 2018 maj 1
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa