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Radio observations of NGC 6388: an upper limit on the mass of its central black hole


by Cseh, D. and Kaaret, P. and Corbel, S. and Kording, E. and Coriat, M. and Tzioumis, A. and Lanzoni, B.
6 pages, 2 figures, accepted for publication in MNRAS

We present the results of deep radio observations with the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) of the globular cluster NGC 6388. We show that there is no radio source detected (with a r.m.s. noise level of 27 uJy) at the cluster centre of gravity or at the locations of the any of the Chandra X-ray sources in the cluster. Based on the fundamental plane of accreting black holes which is a relationship between X-ray luminosity, radio luminosity and black hole mass, we place an upper limit of 1500 M_sun on the mass of the putative intermediate-mass black hole located at the centre of NGC 6388. We discuss the uncertainties of this upper limit and the previously suggested black hole mass of 5700 M_sun based on surface density profile analysis.

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