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The extremes of (X-ray) variability among galaxies: Flares from stars tidally disrupted by supermassive black holes

  • S. Komossa (a1)

We discuss follow-up X-ray observations of giant-amplitude, non-recurrent X-ray flares, interpreted as tidal disruptions of stars by supermassive black holes at the centers of the flaring galaxies. The flare observations open up a new window to study supermassive black holes and their environment, and the physics of accretion events, in non-active galaxies.To search for other articles by the author(s) go to:

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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • ISSN: 1743-9213
  • EISSN: 1743-9221
  • URL: /core/journals/proceedings-of-the-international-astronomical-union
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