Daniel Lepage on Tue, 23 Nov 2004 01:21:13 -0600 (CST)

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Re: [s-d] Re: all sorts of black hole stuff

On Nov 22, 2004, at 4.08 PM, Dan Schmidt wrote:

In real life black holes do explode when they have
absorbed too much matter.Small scale black holes
created in partical accelerators last only a few
seconds.Larger black holes explode with the force of a
billion hydrogen bombs.

I don't think there is any strong evidence to suggest that a Black Hole will ever 'overfill' - most theories suggest that a Black Hole will continue consuming matter indefinitely. The only alternative theory I've seen is that of Hawking Radiation, which suggests that quantum effects may cause a Black Hole to slowly lose mass and 'evaporate' over billions upon billions of years. Such a hole would eventually lose enough mass that it could no longer hold itself together, and it would explode very, very violently - perhaps as much as a hundred million tons of matter heated to 100,000 trillion degrees and compressed to a small fraction of the size of a nucleus, suddenly releasing all its energy.

So if you really want the Black Hole pieces to be realistic in their destruction, they should decay over a thousand nyears and then obliterate the entire board.


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