Limits on Particle Acceleration by Black Holes in X-Ray Binaries
W. Thomas Vestrand
Mark L. McConnell
A large body of theoretical work predicts the production of gamma-ray
emission by stellar mass black hole canidates. We report on our effort
to detect high-energy gamma-ray emission from a large sample of black
hole candidates with the COMPTEL and EGRET telescopes. Our typical
limits on gamma-ray luminosity from black hole candiates are L(1-30
MeV) = 1035D2kpc erg/sec and L( > 100 MeV) = 7×1033D2kpc erg/sec. The failure to detect Cygnus X-1, for example,
limits the steady-state luminosity above 100 MeV to less than
10-4 of the Eddington luminosity for the system. We discuss the
important constraints these observations place on particle acceleration in black
hole binary systems.
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