XMM-Newton 2010 Science Workshop

Ultra-Luminous X-ray sources and Middle Weight Black Holes
ESAC, Madrid, Spain, 24 - 26 May 2010

The following conference related information is available:


Printed Proceedings

The refereed proceedings have been published in volume 332, issue 04(2011) of the Astronomische Nachrichten / Astronomical Notes (AN) and can be accessed from the ADS.


Online Presentations

All contributions are listed with title and name of first author. The electronic versions (if available) can be accessed in the format provided by the authors by clicking on the titles.





Introduction to the workshop, R. Mushotzky


Observational characteristics

Black hole states in external galaxies, T. Belloni

ULX accretion states, R. Soria

Unlocking the nature of ULXs using their X-ray spectra, J. Gladstone

Optical properties of the ultraluminous X-ray source Holmberg IX X-1, F. Grise

Challenging times: A re-analysis of NGC5408 X-1, M. Middleton

X-ray emission from star-forming galaxies, S. Mineo

The supergiant optical counterpart of ULX P13 in NGC 7793, C. Motch

Ten years of XMM-Newton observations of NGC 1313 X-2, F. Pintore

Chandra observations of the ULX N10 in the Cartwheel Galaxy, F. Pizzolato

New observations of ULX supershells, and their implications, D. Russell

The demographics of ultraluminous X-ray sources, D. Swartz

A large catalogue of ultraluminous X-ray source candidates in nearby galaxies, D. Walton

ULXs in NGC2276, A. Wolter

A statistical study of long-term variabilities of ultraluminous X-ray sources, T. Yoshida


Evidence for intermediate mass black holes

Exploring the nature of the brightest hyperluminous X-ray source, S. Farrell

X-ray variability of ULXs and the mass of NGC 5408 X-1, T. Strohmayer

Low mass black holes in galaxy centers, J. Greene

ULXs and evidence for two IMBHs in M82, H. Feng

The scaling of X-ray variability with luminosity in ULX sources, O. Gonzalez-Martin

A bright off-nuclear X-ray source: a recoiling SMBH?, P. Jonker

Fingerprints of Intermediate Mass Black Holes in Globular Clusters, M. Trenti


Physics of accretion

Accretion and ULXs, S. Mineshige


Theoretical models for formation and evolution of black holes

Models of BH formation - how to make a middle weight black hole, M. Volonteri

The life and death of massive stars, C. Fryer

Formation of IMBH via runaway collisions in young star clusters, E. Gaburov

Remnants of massive metal-poor stars: viable engines for ULXs, M. Mapelli

Metallicity estimates in the surroundings of ULXs, E. Ripamonti

The black hole in NGC 1313 X-2, L. Zampieri


Hot topics

Multiwavelength studies of ULXs: clusters, bubbles and optical counterpart, M. Pakull

X-ray populations in galaxies, M. Gilfanov

Dynamical constraints on the mass of the black hole in a ULX, T. Roberts

Radio detections of off-nuclear ULX sources, M. Mezcua


Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks, R. Mushotzky



The mass of the central black hole in NGC 6388, D. Cseh

Relativistic X-ray disk reflection in Ultra-Luminous X-ray sources, M. Caballero-Garcia

Optical variability of the ultraluminous X-ray source NGC1313 X-2, D. Impiombato

An XMM-Newton and Chandra study of a small sample of the most luminous ULXs, A. Sutton

Acquisition of radial velocity curves for ULXs with GTC, F. Vilardell


Invited Speakers

T. Belloni INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Italy
S. Farrell University of Leicester, UK
C. Fryer Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA
M. Gilfanov MPA, Garching, Germany
J. Greene Princeton University, USA
S. Mineshige Kyoto University, Japan
R. Mushotzky University of Maryland, USA
M. Pakull Observatoire de Strasbourg, France
S. Portegies Zwart      Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands
R. Soria Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UK
T. Strohmayer NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, USA
M. Volonteri University of Michigan, USA

Scientific Organising Committee

R. Mushotzky (Chair)     University of Maryland, USA
D. Barret CESR, Toulouse, France
A. Barth University of California at Irvine, USA
H. Baumgardt University of Queensland, Australia
H. Falcke Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
L. C. Ho Canergie Observatories, Pasadena, USA
E. Koerding Université Paris Diderot/CEA Saclay, France
S. Komossa MPE, Garching, Germany
M. Mendez Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands
C. Motch Observatoire de Strasbourg, France
J. Poutanen University of Oulu, Finland
T. Roberts Durham University, UK
N. Schartel (Co-chair) XMM-Newton SOC, Madrid, Spain
R. Soria MSSL, Dorking, UK
L. Zampieri INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy

Local Organising Committee

M. Díaz Trigo (Chair), M. Arpizou, M. Ehle, C. Hernández, N. Loiseau, J. Ness, R. Saxton, N. Schartel, M. Stuhlinger

Group Picture