Squeezars: Tidally Powered Stars Orbiting a Massive Black Hole

@article{Alexander2003SqueezarsTP,
  title={Squeezars: Tidally Powered Stars Orbiting a Massive Black Hole},
  author={Tal Alexander and Mark R. Morris},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={590}
}
We propose that there exists a class of transient sources, "squeezars," which are stars caught in highly eccentric orbits around a massive (m 108 M☉) black hole (MBH), whose atypically high luminosity (up to a significant fraction of their Eddington luminosity) is powered by tidal interactions with the MBH. Their existence follows from the presence of a mass sink, the MBH, in the galactic center, which drives a flow of stars into nearly radial orbits to replace those it has destroyed. We… 

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