BlackCAT A Catalog of Stellar-Mass Black Holes in X-ray Binaries

BlackCAT is a thorough and comprehensive catalogue containing the most updated information about stellar-mass black holes (BHs), mainly focused in systems detected as X-ray transients. It compiles the astrometric, photometric and dynamical parameters (if available) of all systems detected so far.

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Below we show some of the updated results presented in the main paper



Cumulative histogram of the detection of BH candidates
Fig. 1: Cumulative histogram of transient BH candidates detected since the beginning of the X-ray astronomy era. Red bars represent new BH candidates, whereas blue bars represent dynamically confirmed BHs. In this figure we used the year of discovery as the date of confimation. The horizontal black bars show the X-ray missions that have discovered BH candidates in outburst.

Cumulative histogram of the detection of BH candidates
Fig. 2: Cumulative histogram of transient BH candidates detected since the beginning of the X-ray astronomy era. Red bars represent new BH candidates, whereas green bars represent dynamically confirmed BHs. In this figure we used the year of the publication of the first reliable mass function as the date of confimation. For completeness, we added the start of operation of some of the major ground facilities (≥4-m main mirror diameter). Image credit: Jorge Casares.

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Last modified: 27 August 2021.