HEAD 2003 Meeting
Session 7. Galactic Center and Intermediate Mass Black Holes III
Poster, Sunday-Wednesday, March 23, 2003, Duration of Meeting

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[7.02] Radio Emission from an Ultraluminous X-Ray Source

P. Kaaret (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), S. Corbel (CEA/Saclay), A.H. Prestwich, A. Zezas (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

The physical nature of ultraluminous x-ray sources is uncertain. Stellar mass black holes with beamed radiation and intermediate black holes with isotropic radiation are two plausible explanations. We discovered radio emission from an ultraluminous x-ray source in the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 5408. The x-ray, radio and optical fluxes as well as the x-ray spectral shape are consistent with beamed relativistic jet emission from an accreting stellar black hole. If confirmed, this would suggest that the ultraluminous x-ray sources may be stellar-mass rather than intermediate mass black holes. However, interpretation of the source as a jet-producing intermediate-mass black hole cannot be ruled out at this time.

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