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Paper: X-Ray Evidence for Supermassive Black Holes at the Centers of Nearby Galaxies
Volume: 249, The Central Kiloparsec of Starbursts and AGN: the La Palma Connection
Page: 450
Authors: Komossa, Stefanie
Abstract: During the last decade, much effort has been concentrated on the search for supermassive black holes in nearby galaxies. Here, we present a summary and follow-up work on some quite exceptional X-ray observations: the ROSAT discovery of giant-amplitude X-ray flares from several optically inactive galaxies. These observations are interpreted in terms of tidal disruption of a star by a supermassive black hole at the center of each flaring galaxy.
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