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Synthetic Black Hole Event Horizon Created in UK Laboratory

  1. Feb 14, 2008 #1


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    Researchers at St. Andrews University, Scotland, claim to have found a way to simulate an event horizon of a black hole - not through a new cosmic observation technique, and not by a high powered supercomputer… but in the laboratory. Using lasers, a length of optical fiber and depending on some bizarre quantum mechanics, a "singularity" may be created to alter a laser's wavelength, synthesizing the effects of an event horizon. If this experiment can produce an event horizon, the theoretical phenomenon of Hawking Radiation may be tested, perhaps giving Stephen Hawking the best chance yet of winning the Nobel Prize.

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  3. Aug 16, 2016 #2


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    Just came across this item, http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37088877
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    See http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.6550, Observation of self-amplifying Hawking radiation in an analog black hole laser for the arxiv version of the paper that appeared in Nature
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