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Low-mass black holes as the remnants of primordial black hole formation

Author(s): Greene, Jenny E.

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Abstract: Bridging the gap between the approximately ten solar mass ’stellar mass’ black holes and the ’supermassive’ black holes of millions to billions of solar masses are the elusive ’intermediate-mass’ black holes. Their discovery is key to understanding whether supermassive black holes can grow from stellar-mass black holes or whether a more exotic process accelerated their growth soon after the Big Bang. Currently, tentative evidence suggests that the progenitors of supermassive black holes were formed as ∼10 4 -10 5 M ⊙ black holes via the direct collapse of gas. Ongoing searches for intermediate-mass black holes at galaxy centres will help shed light on this formation mechanism. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
Publication Date: Dec-2012
Electronic Publication Date: 18-Dec-2012
Citation: Greene, JE. (2012). Low-mass black holes as the remnants of primordial black hole formation. Nature Communications, 3 (10.1038/ncomms2314
DOI: doi:10.1038/ncomms2314
EISSN: 2041-1723
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Nature Communications
Version: Author's manuscript

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