PI: Thomas Holoien, Carnegie Institution of Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Carnegie Observatories, Headquarters, 813 Santa Barbara Street, Pasadena, CA, 91101-1292 USA
CoI: Benjamin Shappee, U. of Hawaii
CoI: Jose Luis Prieto, Universidad Diego Portales
CoI: Jonathan Brown, Ohio State U.
Title: Late-time Observations of Bright Tidal Disruption Events
Abstract: Dormant black holes at the centers of quiescent galaxies reveal themselves through luminous, accretion- powered flares called tidal disruption events (TDEs). These rare events, occuring roughly once every 10000 years in a Milky Way-type galaxy, provide unique insights into the physics associated with accretion and the black hole itself. Most studies of TDEs focus on the initial detection and follow-up of the flare, but recent late-time studies of TDE emission have revealed some surprises, including the presence of spectroscopic emission lines years after the disruption occurred. Here we propose to expand the sample of late-time spectra of TDEs and their hosts using LBT/MODS to observe some of the brightest and closest optical TDEs.
Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic
Run 1 (2018A): LBT-SVC/MODS -- 10hrs
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