Scientists have created a black hole in the laboratory
To create a semblance of a microscopic black hole, researchers from Kansas state University used the world’s most powerful x-ray laser. And now I’m trying to understand how load device, and decode the received measurements.
In the past researchers have experimented on the molecules using such powerful lasers, separating electrons from atoms. However, in a recent experiment, the team used a high-intensity beam, and the results were a big surprise.
One “bunch” has split the atom into components, leaving only a few electrons and creating a void within the molecule, which caught the electrons, like cosmic black hole devouring a nearby star.
How long this anomaly did not last — the period of her life was only 30 femtoseconds — millionths of a billionth of a second. But the molecule has lost more than 50 electrons, and then exploded.
Daniel rolls and Artem Rudenko of Kansas state University conducted an experiment in the office of the Linac Coherent Light Source, which is provided by LACAC laboratory in Menlo Park, California.
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Initially, researchers tried to apply the laser to obtain images of biological objects such as viruses and bacteria, with high resolution. In addition, among the goals was to see how matter behaves in extreme conditions and to understand the dynamics of the charge complex molecules.
With the help of laser experts collect data from the molecular samples almost instantaneously, but the samples were inevitably destroyed, reports Mashable, citing the journal Nature.
Experiment with high-intensity laser will help scientists to better plan and interpret future work using x-ray pulse.