Stellar-Mass Black Holes and Ultraluminous X-ray Sources

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Science  03 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6094, pp. 540-544
DOI: 10.1126/science.1221790

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We review the likely population, observational properties, and broad implications of stellar-mass black holes and ultraluminous x-ray sources. We focus on the clear empirical rules connecting accretion and outflow that have been established for stellar-mass black holes in binary systems in the past decade and a half. These patterns of behavior are probably the keys that will allow us to understand black hole feedback on the largest scales over cosmological time scales.

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