Not necessarily. Most black hole/star binaries don't have any material transport between the pair. And you're assuming a measurement that may simply not have been made.douglas wrote:Dr. Ladislav Subr of Charles University in Prague
November 1, 2012 in the Astrophysical Journal
.. We further show that the putative massive black hole is likely to be a member of a binary system with ≈70% probability. [heh, really? :) ] In such a case, it could be detected either due to short periods of enhanced accretion of stellar winds from the secondary star during pericentre passages, or through a measurement of the motion of the secondary whose velocity would exceed 10 km s–1 along the whole orbit.
I'm really not sure what your problem is. This is solid science. It has been observed that the Trapezium stars have unusually high velocities, which sets up the question, why? One hypothesis is the presence of an intermediate mass black hole, and the work described in the paper demonstrates a plausible mechanism for the formation of such a black hole, and also demonstrates that it could explain the observed star motion. It further proposes observational tests that could confirm or refute the existence of such an object.
The methodology is sound and the work has survived peer review. Second guessing it (especially with unsupportable assumptions about material falling into the black hole, or false comparisons to supermassive black holes) is pretty pointless, and risks going outside the rules for this forum.