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Discovery and follow-up of the unusual nuclear transient OGLE17aaj

List of Authors: Gromadzki M, Hamanowicz A, Wyrzykowski L, Sokolovsky KV, Fraser M, Kozlowski S, Guillochon J, Arcavi I, Trakhtenbrot B, Jonker PG, Mattila S, Udalski A, Szymanski MK, Soszynski I, Poleski R, Pietrukowicz P, Skowron J, Mroz P, Ulaczyk K, Pawlak M, Rybicki KA, Sollerman J, Taddia F, Kostrzewa-Rutkowska Z, Onori F, Young DR, Maguire K, Smartt SJ, Inserra C, Gal-Yam A, Rau A, Chen TW, Angus CR, Buckley DAH, Buckley DAH
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Astronomy and Astrophysics
Journal name in source: ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS
Journal acronym: ASTRON ASTROPHYS
Volume number: 622
Number of pages: 5
ISSN: 1432-0746
eISSN: 1432-0746



We report on the discovery and follow-up of a peculiar transient, OGLE17aaj, which occurred in the nucleus of a weakly active galaxy. We investigate whether it can be interpreted as a new candidate for a tidal disruption event (TDE).


We present the OGLE-IV light curve that covers the slow 60-day-long rise to maximum along with photometric, spectro-scopic, and X-ray follow-up during the first year.


OGLE17aaj is a nuclear transient exhibiting some properties similar to previously found TDEs, including a long rise time, lack of colour-temperature evolution, and high black-body temperature. On the other hand, its narrow emission lines and slow post-peak evolution are different from previously observed TDEs. Its spectrum and light-curve evolution is similar to F01004-2237 and AT 2017bgt. Signatures of historical low-level nuclear variability suggest that OGLE17aaj may instead be related to a new type of accretion event in active super-massive black holes.

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