Shedding Light on the Remarkable Properties of Black Holes
Many mysteries surround black holes, but new research led by the Niels Bohr Institute has come up with groundbreaking new theories that might explain several of their more mysterious properties. The new study reveals that black holes have properties that resemble the dynamics of both solids and liquids. Black holes are extremely compact, so compact in fact that they generate an incredibly strong gravitational pull. Everything that comes near them is swallowed up, even light is unable to escape. Light that hits a black hole will not be reflected and is instead entirely absorbed, making the black hole basically invisible.
“But black holes are not completely black, because we know that they emit radiation and there are indications that the radiation is thermal, i.e. it has a temperature,” explains Niels Obers, a professor of theoretical particle physics and cosmology. Obers and current research team have made a new breakthrough in describing the physics of black holes based on the theories of black branes and blackfolds. They have published their results in the journal Physical Review Letters.