Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Device mimics black hole event horizon





Black holes, the remains of collapsed stars, are the most extraordinary objects in the universe, where the pull of gravity is so intense that light is sucked in if it strays beyond a boundary called the event horizon.

Now it seems these horizons can be mimicked using a table-top device that harnesses lasers to create an artificial black hole, according to a study by Prof Ulf Leonhardt of the University of St Andrews that could help win a Nobel prize for the world's best known physicist, Prof Stephen Hawking.

(Via J. Orlin Grabbe.)


I don't want a simulation on my desktop. I want the real thing!

2 comments:

event horizontal said...

"I don't want a simulation on my desktop. I want the real thing!"

Of course, you realize if that were ever possible, you would have nanoseconds to contemplate it prior to being sucked into it and disintegrated...whatta way to go!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Micro-singularities here we come! The John Titor hoax clan will find this news most pleasing ;)

Denny