Thursday, January 17, 20191:00 PM - 2:00 PMCNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)|
Tidal disruption flares: new tools for black hole astrophysics
Sjoert van VelzenNew York University
The tidal disruption of a star by a massive black hole is a rare event that results in a spectacular flare of electromagnetic radiation. Visible from infrared to X-ray wavelengths, tidal disruption flares are a unique probe to study massive black holes and the nucleus of their host galaxies. The advent of optical transient surveys has accelerated this relatively young field; the detection rate keeps increasing and we are discovering many new -- and often unexpected -- results. I will present the highlights of these discoveries, including recent results from the Zwicky Transient Facility.
Host: Roseanne Cheng