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Rates of tidal disruption of stars by massive central black holes

Abstract:

There is strong evidence for some kind of massive dark object in the centres of many galaxy bulges. The detection of flares from tidally disrupted stars could confirm that these objects are black holes (BHs). Here we present calculations of the stellar disruption rates in detailed dynamical models of real galaxies, taking into account the refilling of the loss cone of stars on disruptable orbits by two-body relaxation and tidal forces in non-spherical galaxies. The highest disruption rates (o...

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Journal:
MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Volume:
309
Issue:
2
Pages:
447-460
Publication date:
1999-10-21
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EISSN:
1365-2966
ISSN:
0035-8711
URN:
uuid:06f57bf9-f7c4-4f60-b7aa-a6fc98abad09
Source identifiers:
17426
Local pid:
pubs:17426

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