Generation of massive stellar black holes by rapid gas accretion in primordial dense clusters
Supernova theory suggests that black holses of a stellar origin cannot attain masses in the range of 50ô135 solar masses in isolation. We argue here that this mass gap is filled in by black holes that grow by gas accretion in dense stellar clusters, such as protoglobular clusters. The accretion proceeds rapidly, during the first 10 megayears of the cluster life, before the remnant gas is depleted. We predict that binaries of black holes within the mass gap can be observed by LIGO.
Roupas, Zacharias and Kazanas, Demosthenes, "Generation of massive stellar black holes by rapid gas accretion in primordial dense clusters" (2019). Centre for Theoretical Physics. 211.