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Journal Club


"Establishing a relation between mass and spin of stellar mass black holes"

B. Mishra (NCAC, Warsaw)

based on Indrani Banerjee, Banibrata Mukhopadhyay (PRL 2013 vol. 111, Issue 6, id. 061101)


"Swings between rotation and accretion power in a binary millisecond pulsar"

A. Manousakis (NCAC, Warsaw)

Based on Papitto et al. Nature, 2013, 501, 7468


"Orbital, Superhump, and Superorbital Periods in the Cataclysmic Variables AQ Mensae and IM Eridani"

Karolina Bąkowska (NCAC, Warsaw)

based on Armstrong et al. (arXiv:1307.5479)


"How massive can a stellar-origin black hole get?"

K. Belczyński (OA UW)

It is not known what is the maximum mass of a stellar origin black hole. Not long ago 10 Msun was commonly adopted as a BH mass limit. Now observations have demonstrated that a BH can reach at least 30 Msun. Can black holes reach mass above 100 Msun? I will discuss this issue along with several related physical processes to arrive at an observational prediction that will verify any potential answer to this question.