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Windows 7: How to Make a Black Hole in the Lab

23 Aug 2009   #1

 
 
How to Make a Black Hole in the Lab

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Black holes, once highly misunderstood formations, have over the years captured the imagination of astronomers and film producers alike, and have been prominently featured in films and in literature. In spite of the high levels of attention they were given, there are still a great many things that remain unknown about them, and therefore more studies are required. Rather than studying the real deal in space, experts from the Dartmouth College propose a new method of creating artificial ones in the lab, at much smaller scales than their supermassive counterparts.

In a new scientific paper, published in the August 20th issue of the American Physical Society's flagship journal Physical Review Letters, the team explains the basics of constructing a quantum black hole at a very small scale. The new constructs could help them better understand Hawking radiation. First proposed by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking some 35 years ago, the theory states that black holes are not void of activity, and that they constantly generate special types of photons, now known as the Hawking radiation. Studying it in its natural environment has proven very difficult.

“Hawking famously showed that black holes radiate energy according to a thermal spectrum. His calculations relied on assumptions about the physics of ultra-high energies and quantum gravity. Because we can't yet take measurements from real black holes, we need a way to recreate this phenomenon in the lab in order to study it, to validate it,” explains Dartmouth graduate student Paul Nation, who is also one of the authors of the new paper.

The fresh setup proposed by the experts consists of magnetic field-pulsed microwave transmission line, which is laden with an array of superconducting quantum interference devices, or SQUIDs. The construct not only reproduces the physics coming out of an actual black hole, but it also does so in an environment where all other variables are known, and can be separated from the end-result. “Thus, in principle, this setup enables the exploration of analogue quantum gravitational effects,” the researchers write in the journal entry.

“We can also manipulate the strength of the applied magnetic field so that the SQUID array can be used to probe black hole radiation beyond what was considered by Hawking,” concludes Dartmouth professor of physics and astronomy Miles Blencowe, who is another author on the paper.
Source: Softpedia
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23 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Am I the only one that predicts a disaster here?
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23 Aug 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

More FUD ... they fired up that monster particle collider and nothing happened... all relegated now to urban myth..
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23 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview
 
 

I suppose if you did create a black hole and lost control of it, you wouldn't have any trouble hiding the evidence.
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23 Aug 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I suppose if you did create a black hole and lost control of it, you wouldn't have any trouble hiding the evidence.

You wouldn't have any light to see by of course!
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23 Aug 2009   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I suppose if you did create a black hole and lost control of it, you wouldn't have any trouble hiding the evidence.

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23 Aug 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I suppose if you did create a black hole and lost control of it, you wouldn't have any trouble hiding the evidence.
Haha.
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23 Aug 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

bypassing the all the reading, just form the title i can tell that this is an excellent idea, and we as the predominate species of the plant, should be the ones, who ultimately end everything. it's downright irresponsible, to not futher our knowledge, and construct a friggin space-goatse that ensures the doom of the entire plant....

sometimes scientist....are the stupiderist m'fers on the planet.
re: that super collider thing. i was actually hoping that, that thing would eat that entire region it was build in. i'd feel bad for the innocent bystanders, but maybe it would've taught us a lesson ... which is ... STOP BUILDING POTENTIAL DOOMSDAY DEVICES ON THE GROUND WE WALK ON. [/rant]
(capslock. cruise control for cool )
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23 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by holo88 View Post
bypassing the all the reading, just form the title i can tell that this is an excellent idea, and we as the predominate species of the plant, should be the ones, who ultimately end everything. it's downright irresponsible, to not futher our knowledge, and construct a friggin space-goatse that ensures the doom of the entire plant....

sometimes scientist....are the stupiderist m'fers on the planet.
re: that super collider thing. i was actually hoping that, that thing would eat that entire region it was build in. i'd feel bad for the innocent bystanders, but maybe it would've taught us a lesson ... which is ... STOP BUILDING POTENTIAL DOOMSDAY DEVICES ON THE GROUND WE WALK ON. [/rant]
(capslock. cruise control for cool )
LOL
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23 Aug 2009   #10

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

This whole mini-black hole idea was just that, a theory based on an idea ... and a theory is at best a scientific guess, or a WAG if you prefer...
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