Black Hole Simulated in a Laboratory Starts to Glow

Black Hole Simulated in a Laboratory Starts to Glow

Black holes are fascinating and mysterious objects in the universe that capture the imagination of both scientists and the general public. One of the most amazing things about black holes is that their gravitational pull is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape from them. This means that anything that comes too close to a black hole is inevitably pulled into it, making it a one-way trip to an unknown fate.

Black holes are also unique in that they distort the fabric of space and time around them, creating a region known as the event horizon beyond which no information can escape. The study of black holes has helped to advance our understanding of the laws of physics, particularly in the areas of gravity and spacetime. Despite decades of research, black holes continue to challenge our understanding of the universe and offer exciting opportunities for further exploration and discovery.

Simulating a black hole in a lab

ScienceAlert tells us about a new study claiming that scientists managed to create a black hole in a laboratory, and then the miniaturized cosmic object started to glow. Physicists have created a synthetic analog of a black hole using a chain of atoms in single file to simulate the event horizon of a black hole.

By creating black hole analogs in laboratory settings, researchers hope to probe the properties of Hawking radiation, a type of radiation theoretically emitted by black holes. The study found that entangled particles that straddle the event horizon may be instrumental in generating Hawking radiation, and that it may only be thermal in certain situations and when there is a change in the warp of spacetime due to gravity. The researchers believe this simple model could be used in a wide range of experimental set-ups to study fundamental quantum-mechanical aspects alongside gravity and curved spacetimes.

The new study appears in Physical Review Research.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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