2018 Application: Using Tidal Disruption Events to Study Super-Massive Black Holes
Saturday, January 20th through Friday, January 26th, 2018
Email address *
Application Deadline: 10/31/17
Conference Description:
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 study the demographic (mass, spin, binarity) of super-massive black holes in quiescent galaxies, the stellar populations and dynamics in galactic nuclei, the physics of black hole accretion under extreme conditions including the potential to detect relativistic effects near the super-massive black hole, and the physics of radio jet formation and evolution in a pristine environment.

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 (UV, optical spectra, radio, X-ray, late-time host galaxy, continued monitoring for repetitions...) and decision trees (concentrate all guns on a few brightest ones, or do less on more?) as well as bring together theorists to further the models on the TDE emission mechanism.

Scientific Organizing Committee:
*Suvi Gezari, University of Maryland
Peter Jonker, Netherlands Institute for Space Research and Radboud University
Stefanie Komossa, Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, UC Santa Cruz

*Denotes physicist in charge of diversity. The Aspen Center for Physics is committed to a significant participation of women and under-represented groups in all of its programs.

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