The Tidal Disruption of Stars by Supermassive Black Holes

An Analytic Approach

  • Nicholas Chamberlain Stone

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 143-154

About this book


This book provides a general introduction to the rapidly developing astrophysical frontier of stellar tidal disruption, but also details original thesis research on the subject. This work has shown that recoiling black holes can disrupt stars far outside a galactic nucleus, errors in the traditional literature have strongly overestimated the maximum luminosity of “deeply plunging” tidal disruptions, the precession of transient accretion disks can encode the spins of supermassive black holes, and much more. This work is based on but differs from the original thesis that was formally defended at Harvard, which received both the Roger Doxsey Award and the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award from the American Astronomical Society.


Accretion Disk Precession Black Hole Demographics Black Hole Spin Electromagnetic Counterpart Parabolic Free Solutions Stellar Dynamics Stellar Tidal Disruption Supermassive Black Hole

Authors and affiliations

  • Nicholas Chamberlain Stone
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  1. 1.Astronomy DepartmentHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12675-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12676-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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