Intermediate-Mass Black Holes in binary rich star clusters

Ladislav Šubr, Giacomo Fragione, Jörg Dabringhausen

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Three-body interactions of stellar-mass binaries with intermediate mass black holes (IMBHs) in nuclei of globular clusters may produce specific features that may serve as an independent indicator of existence of the IMBHs. By means of direct N-body integrations we follow the dynamical evolution of globular clusters of moderate extension and mass with 50% binary population over a time span of â 0.8 Gyr and compare the cases with and without the primordial binaries as well as with and without the IMBH. We show that (i) presence of the IMBH leads to rapid formation of a density cusp regardless of the initial binary fraction, (ii) binary rich clusters with the IMBH produce high velocity escapers at a rate of â 0.1 Myr-1 and (iii) clusters hosting an IMBH together with high number of binaries form a denser halo of marginally unbound stars than clusters that lack either the IMBH or the binary population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)520-523
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue number351
StatePublished - 2019


  • binaries: general
  • globular clusters: general
  • methods: n-body simulations
  • stellar dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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