Using Bose-Einstein condensates, the scientists created a black hole for sound. The new research could help scientists learn more about true black holes and help confirm the existence of as-yet to be discovered Hawking radiation.
“It’s like a black hole because waves get sucked in and can’t escape,” said Jeff Steinhauer, a scientist at the Israel Institute of Technology and the corresponding author of the article recently posted on the ArXiv.org pre-print Web page. “But in this case we use sound waves instead of light.”
That is so freakin’ coll it’s not even funny.
To create the sonic black hole, the scientists first had to create the Bose-Einstein condensate, a cloud of atoms cooled to almost absolute zero that acts like a light wave. The Israeli scientists actually created two clouds of rubidium 87 atoms cooled to 50 nano Kelvins and separated by a small gap.
Of course! It’s so simple. Why didn’t I think of doing that?
Maybe they can use it to finally get the cone of silence to work.