Rates of Stellar Tidal Disruption

N. C. Stone, E. Vasiliev, M. Kesden, E. M. Rossi, H. B. Perets, P. Amaro-Seoane

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Abstract

Tidal disruption events occur rarely in any individual galaxy. Over the last decade, however, time-domain surveys have begun to accumulate statistical samples of these flares. What dynamical processes are responsible for feeding stars to supermassive black holes? At what rate are stars tidally disrupted in realistic galactic nuclei? What may we learn about supermassive black holes and broader astrophysical questions by estimating tidal disruption event rates from observational samples of flares? These are the questions we aim to address in this Chapter, which summarizes current theoretical knowledge about rates of stellar tidal disruption, and compares theoretical predictions to the current state of observations.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number35
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Volume216
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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