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Black Holes in Your Head?

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, AIR staff

 

There may be tiny, tiny black holes so small that they gather electrons and then act much like normal atoms. If such itsy-bitsy black holes exist, they could be virtually anywhere, even in your head. If you have a black hole in your head, we would be interested in hearing from you.

A Small Theory With Holes In It

The theory is presented in a recent paper written by two physicists at the University of New South Wales:

"Atom Made From Charged Elementary Black Hole," Victor Flambaum and Julian Berenegut, General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, abstract gr-qc/0001022,January 10, 2000, submitted to Physical Review A. The abstract begins thusly:

It is believed that there may have been a large number of black holes formed in the very early universe. These would have quantised masses. A charged "elementary black hole'' (with the minimum possible mass) can capture electrons, protons and other charged particles to form a "black hole atom". We find the spectrum of such an object with a view to laboratory and astronomical observation of them, and estimate the lifetime of the bound states....

To read more about this theoretical phenomenon, see the April 1, 2000 issue (the date is merely unfortunate coincidence; the article is serious) of New Scientist magazine.

Tell Us About Your Cranial Void

If you have a black hole in your head, you can reach us at <marca@chem2.harvard.edu>. If you do not have a black hole in your head, you can reach us at the same address. If you are unsure, and worried about what it could be, we advise consulting your doctor.

 

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