Tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes: Status of observations

  title={Tidal disruption of stars by supermassive black holes: Status of observations},
  author={S. Komossa},
  journal={Journal of High Energy Astrophysics},
  • S. Komossa
  • Published 2006
  • Physics
  • Journal of High Energy Astrophysics
  • Abstract Stars in the immediate vicinity of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) can be ripped apart by the tidal forces of the black hole. The subsequent accretion of the stellar material causes a spectacular flare of electromagnetic radiation. Here, we provide a review of the observations of tidal disruption events (TDEs), with an emphasis on the important contributions of Swift to this field. TDEs represent a new probe of matter under strong gravity, and have opened up a new window into studying… CONTINUE READING
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