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Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:56 am
by chelle
Interesting article in news.sciencemag.org
(Don't know if it's already mentioned somewhere on the forum.)
You've heard the controversy. Particle physicists predict the world's new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up Earth--physicist say that's impossible--and have petitioned the United Nations to stop the $5.5 billion LHC. Curiously, though, nobody had ever shown that the prevailing theory of gravity, Einstein's theory of general relativity, actually predicts that a black hole can be made this way. Now a computer model shows conclusively for the first time that a particle collision really can make a black hole ...

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... Does that mean the LHC will make black holes? Not necessarily, Choptuik says. The Planck energy is a quintillion times higher than the LHC's maximum. So the only way the LHC might make black holes is if, instead of being three dimensional, space actually has more dimensions that are curled into little loops too small to be detected except in a high-energy particle collision. Predicted by certain theories, those extra dimensions might effectively lower the Planck energy by a huge factor. "I would be extremely surprised if there were a positive detection of black-hole formation at the accelerator," Choptuik says. Physicists say that such black hole would harmlessly decay into ordinary particles.

Source:http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2 ... .html?etoc

Re: Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes

Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:19 pm
by Shadowdraxx
that should read

"Computer Simulation Shows Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes"

Isn't actually fact is it, gotta love word play.