DISCOVERY OF TRANSIENT INFRARED EMISSION FROM DUST HEATED BY STELLAR TIDAL DISRUPTION FLARES

@article{Velzen2016DISCOVERYOT,
  title={DISCOVERY OF TRANSIENT INFRARED EMISSION FROM DUST HEATED BY STELLAR TIDAL DISRUPTION FLARES},
  author={Sjoert van Velzen and Alexander J. Mendez and Julian H. Krolik and Varoujan Gorjian},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2016},
  volume={829},
  pages={19}
}
Stars that pass within the Roche radius of a supermassive black hole will be tidally disrupted, yielding a sudden injection of gas close to the black hole horizon which produces an electromagnetic flare. A few dozen of these flares have been discovered in recent years, but current observations provide poor constraints on the bolometric luminosity and total accreted mass of these events. Using images from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), we have discovered transient 3.4 micron… 

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