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The Eccentric Nature of Eccentric Tidal Disruption Events

Presentation #106.32 in the session “AGN (Poster)”.

Published onApr 01, 2022
The Eccentric Nature of Eccentric Tidal Disruption Events

Upon entering the tidal sphere of a supermassive black hole, a star is ripped apart by tides and transformed into a stream of debris. The ultimate fate of that debris, and the properties of the bright flare that is produced and observed, depends on a number of parameters, including the energy of the center of mass of the original star. Here we present the results of a set of smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations in which a 1 M, γ = 5/3 polytrope is disrupted by a ~106 M supermassive black hole. Each simulation has a pericenter distance of rp = rt (i.e., β ≡ rt/rp = 1 with rt the tidal radius), and we vary the eccentricity e of the stellar orbit from e = 0.8 up to e = 1.20 and study the nature of the fallback of debris onto the black hole and the long-term fate of the unbound material. For simulations with eccentricities e ≲ 0.98, the fallback curve has a distinct, three-peak structure that is induced by self-gravity. For simulations with eccentricities e ≳ 1.06, the core of the disrupted star reforms following its initial disruption. Our results have implications for, e.g., tidal disruption events produced by supermassive black hole binaries.

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