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Lab-grown black hole may prove Stephen Hawking’s most challenging theory right

Lab-grown black hole may prove Stephen Hawking's most challenging theory right


Scientists have created a lab-grown black hole analog to test one of Stephen Hawking’s most famous theories — and it behaves just how he predicted. 

The experiment, created by using a single-file chain of atoms to simulate the event horizon of a black hole, has added further evidence to Hawking’s theory that black holes should emit a faint glow of radiation from virtual light particles randomly popping into existence near their boundaries. What’s more, the researchers found that most of the light particles, or photons, should be produced around the cosmic monsters’ edges. The team published their findings Nov. 8 in the journal Physical Review Research.

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