A dust-enshrouded tidal disruption event with a resolved radio jet in a galaxy merger

DOI: 
10.1126/science.aao4669
Publication date: 
17/08/2018
Main author: 
Mattila S.
IAA authors: 
Pérez-Torres, M.;Alberdi, A.;Ramírez-Olivencia, N.
Authors: 
Mattila S., Pérez-Torres M., Efstathiou A., Mimica P., Fraser M., Kankare E., Alberdi A., Aloy M.Á., Heikkilä T., Jonker P.G., Lundqvist P., Martí-Vidal I., Meikle W.P.S., Romero-Cañizales C., Smartt S.J., Tsygankov S., Varenius E., Alonso-Herrero A., Bondi M., Fransson C., Herrero-Illana R., Kangas T., Kotak R., Ramírez-Olivencia N., Väisänen P., Beswick R.J., Clements D.L., Greimel R., Harmanen J., Kotilainen J., Nandra K., Reynolds T., Ryder S., Walton N.A., Wiik K., Östlin G.
Journal: 
Science
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Volume: 
361
Pages: 
482-485
Abstract: 
Tidal disruption events (TDEs) are transient flares produced when a star is ripped apart by the gravitational field of a supermassive black hole (SMBH). We have observed a transient source in the western nucleus of the merging galaxy pair Arp 299 that radiated >1.5 × 1052 erg at infrared and radio wavelengths but was not luminous at optical or x-ray wavelengths. We interpret this as a TDE with much of its emission reradiated at infrared wavelengths by dust. Efficient reprocessing by dense gas and dust may explain the difference between theoretical predictions and observed luminosities of TDEs. The radio observations resolve an expanding and decelerating jet, probing the jet formation and evolution around a SMBH. © 2017 The Authors.
Database: 
SCOPUS
ADS
URL: 
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2018Sci...361..482M/abstract
ADS Bibcode: 
2018Sci...361..482M