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Aspen Center for Physics, January 20–26, 2018

Using tidal disruption events to study super-massive black holes

The recent advent of numerous wide field transient surveys led to a large increase in the discovery of tidal disruption events(TDEs). Questions facing us are: how can we use these events to studythe demographic (mass, spin, binarity) of super-massive black holes inquiescent galaxies, the stellar populations and dynamics in galacticnuclei, the physics of black hole accretion under extreme conditionsincluding the potential to detect relativistic effects near the super-massive black hole, and the physics of jet formation. With the near-future increased detection rates, we need to devise ways to manage the observational follow-up resources and to test and inform theoretical models for the nature of the observed TDE emission and their expected rates. The Aspen meeting will be used to lay groundwork for coordinating follow-up work as well as bring together theorists to further the models on the TDE emission mechanism.


  • Suvi Gezari (U of Maryland)
  • Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Stefanie Komossa (MPIfR, QNUN)
  • Peter Jonker (SRON & Radboud University)