University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
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Department of Astronomy
University of Michigan
Jon Miller studies compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars to understand their basic properties, how gas falls onto and is ejected from them, and their implications for general relativity.
Tidal disruption events, or TDEs, occur when a star is shredded by a massive black hole. These events offer a rare opportunity to study nascent accretion disks and super-Eddington accretion onto massive black holes. Potentially, TDEs can help to reveal the nature of black holes at the low-mass end of the AGN spectrum, and the frequency with which different galaxies serve as hosts. It is now possible to study TDEs in a multi-wavelength sense, and observations are beginning to make significant progress. In the years ahead, as transient search experiments cover more of the sky at higher cadences, we can expect to learn even more. In this talk, I will try to review some of the fundamentals of TDEs, and highlight some of the most intriguing recent observational and theoretical results.