A molecular black hole created on earth


The world’s most powerful X-ray laser beam has been put to use to create a microscopic black hole.

The machine works by using extreme bright flashes of light, which takes snapshots of some of the nature’s most fast processes.

Just a single pulse strips most of the electron out of an atom. This leaves a void that pulls the electrons from other atoms just like a black hole.

This can be a major breakthrough and can lead to better understanding of viruses and bacteria as this will give high-quality pictures of them.

Staff scientist Sebastien Bouter at the Stanford University said that the X-ray pulse is one hundred times stronger than the sun’s energy focused on a thumbnail.

The experiment was carried out at the California, in the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) labs, where the world’s most powerful X-ray laser is.

As the experiment proceeded with in 30 femtoseconds the molecule lost 50 electrons, this was way more than the expected number, resulting it to blow up.




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