Journal Article

Dark matter and dark energy accretion on to intermediate-mass black holes

C. Pepe, L. J. Pellizza and G. E. Romero

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 420, issue 4, pages 3298-3302
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Dark matter and dark energy accretion on to intermediate-mass black holes

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In this work we investigate the accretion of cosmological fluids on to an intermediate-mass black hole at the centre of a globular cluster, focusing on the influence of the parent stellar system on the accretion flow. We show that the accretion of cosmic background radiation and the so-called dark energy on to an intermediate-mass black hole is negligible. On the other hand, if cold dark matter has a non-vanishing pressure, the accretion of dark matter is large enough to increase the black hole mass well beyond the present observed upper limits. We conclude that either intermediate-mass black holes do not exist, or dark matter does not exist, or it is not strictly collisionless. In the latter case, we set a lower limit for the parameter of the cold dark matter equation of state.

Keywords: accretion, accretion discs; black hole physics; globular clusters: general

Journal Article.  3833 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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