Sandia: Black Hole Models Contradicted by Hands-On Tests

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Sandia: Black Hole Models Contradicted by Hands-On Tests

Postby bystander » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:35 pm

Black Hole Models Contradicted by Hands-On Tests at Sandia’s Z Machine
Sandia National Laboratories | 2017 Aug 28

A long-standing but unproven assumption about the X-ray spectra of black holes in space has been contradicted by hands-on experiments performed at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine.

Z, the most energetic laboratory X-ray source on Earth, can duplicate the X-rays surrounding black holes that otherwise can be watched only from a great distance and then theorized about. ...

The results suggest revisions are needed to models previously used to interpret emissions from matter just before it is consumed by black holes, and also the related rate of growth of mass within the black holes. A black hole is a region of outer space from which no material and no radiation (that is, X-rays, visible light, and so on) can escape because the gravitational field of the black hole is so intense. ...

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