THE WISE DETECTION OF AN INFRARED ECHO IN TIDAL DISRUPTION EVENT ASASSN-14li
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CitationTHE WISE DETECTION OF AN INFRARED ECHO IN TIDAL DISRUPTION EVENT ASASSN-14li 2016, 828 (1):L14 The Astrophysical Journal Letters
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AbstractWe report the detection of a significant infrared variability of the nearest tidal disruption event (TDE) ASASSN-14li using Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and newly released Near-Earth Object WISE Reactivation data. In comparison with the quiescent state, the infrared flux is brightened by 0.12 and 0.16 mag in the W1 (3.4 mu m) and W2 (4.6 mu m) bands at 36 days after the optical discovery (or similar to 110 days after the peak disruption date). The flux excess is still detectable similar to 170 days later. Assuming that the flare-like infrared emission is from the dust around the black hole, its blackbody temperature is estimated to be similar to 2.1 x 10(3) K, slightly higher than the dust sublimation temperature, indicating that the dust is likely located close to the dust sublimation radius. The equilibrium between the heating and radiation of the dust claims a bolometric luminosity of similar to 10(43) - 10(45) erg s(-1), comparable with the observed peak luminosity. This result has for the first time confirmed the detection of infrared emission from the dust echoes of TDEs.
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SponsorsNational Basic Research Program of China [2015CB857005]; Strategic Priority Research Program "The Emergence of Cosmological Structures" of the Chinese Academy of Sciences [XDB09000000]; NSFC [NSFC-11233002, NSFC-11421303, U1431229]; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities; CAS "Light of West China" Program [2015-XBQN-B-5]; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Planetary Science Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration