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Name 078410
Title Confirmation of isolated black holes and neutron stars detected via microlensing


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-leuowb8
Author Dr Lukasz Wyrzykowski
Description Discovery of isolated black holes resembles finding a Holly Grail. In Wyrzykowski et al. (2015) we have selected 15 candidates for dark remnants based on microlensing effect observations, however, the lens mass estimates span a large range in mass, affecting the interpretation on their nature. Here we propose XMM observations of 5 of the best candidates for isolated black holes to detect theoretically predicted Bondi-Hoyle accretion. Additional AO observations obtained with VLT-NACO will complement the interpretation of the X-ray data and will allow to confirm-reject the candidates for isolated black holes and neutron stars and to further constrain their masses.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2016-08-29T01:47:02Z/2016-09-15T12:34:53Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2017-09-29T22:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2017-09-29T22:00:00Z, 078410, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-leuowb8