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2008ApJ...678L..17S - Astrophys. J., 678, L17-L20 (2008/May-1)

On IC 10 X-1, the most massive known stellar-mass black hole.


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IC 10 X-1 is a variable X-ray source in the Local Group starburst galaxy IC 10 whose optical counterpart is a Wolf-Rayet (WR) star. Prestwich and coworkers recently proposed that it contains the most massive known stellar-mass black hole (23-34 M), but their conclusion was based on radial velocities derived from only a few optical spectra, the most important of which was seriously affected by a CCD defect. Here we present new spectra of the WR star, spanning 1 month, obtained with the Keck I 10 m telescope. The spectra show a periodic shift in the He II λ4686 emission line as compared with IC 10 nebular lines such as [O III] λ5007. From this, we calculate a period of 34.93±0.04 hr (consistent with the X-ray period of 34.40±0.83 hr reported by Prestwich) and a radial velocity semiamplitude of 370±20 km/s. The resulting mass function is 7.64±1.26 M, consistent with that of Prestwich (7.8 M). This, combined with the previously estimated (from spectra) mass of 35 M for the WR star, yields a minimum primary mass of 32.7±2.6 M. Even if the WR star has a mass of only 17 M, the minimum primary mass is 23.1±2.1 M. Thus, IC 10 X-1 is indeed a WR/black-hole binary containing the most massive known stellar-mass black hole.

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Journal keyword(s): Black Hole Physics - Galaxies: Starburst - Stars: Wolf-Rayet - X-Rays: Binaries

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