Poster abstract details

The prospects of observing Tidal Disruption Events with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)
Katja Bricman, Andreja Gomboc


The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is an upcoming ground-based survey telescope in Chile, which will produce a multi-color survey of 18000 square degrees of the Southern Sky during its 10 years of observations. Due to its large coverage of the sky and its observing strategy it will be a perfect tool in search for transient astrophysical events, including rare Tidal Disruption Events (TDEs). TDEs occur when a star passes close by a supermassive black hole (SMBH) in a center of a galaxy and gets disrupted by its tidal forces. These events emit a bright flare of light, which can be observed to cosmological distances. Using an end-to-end LSST simulations framework we have simulated light curves of TDEs using different proposed LSST cadences. We present the preliminary results on the estimated absolute rates of TDE detection in 10 years of LSST operations and on the effect of different cadences on the observed light curves, especially in their early phase.