AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 16 Example Constellation-X Science
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[16.02] Revealing Intermediate Mass Black Holes with Constellation-X

J. M. Miller (The Univ. of Michigan)

From Population-III stars seeding galaxies with intermediate mass black holes at the epoch of galaxy formation, to the evolution of globular cluster and young stellar clusters, the broad potential importance of intermediate-mass black holes is now being realized in full. Recent results from Chandra and XMM-Newton have revealed potential evidence for intermediate-mass black holes, in a set of the most luminous "ultra-luminous" X-ray sources in nearby normal galaxies. Observations with HST have also revealed possible evidence for intermediate-mass black holes, in the centers of some globular clusters. Constellation-X is ideally-suited to decisively weigh-in on the existence or absence of intermediate mass black holes in the present-day universe. This poster will discuss how simple observations with Constellation-X can fully reveal this new class of relativistic objects.

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