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Black holes as elementary particles — revisiting a pioneering investigation of how particles may be micro black holes.

Black holes as elementary particles — revisiting a pioneering investigation of how particles may be micro black holes.

The idea of particles being tiny black holes may at first pass seem strange, yet even within the canonical model of particle physics elementary particles like electrons and quarks are taken to have mass yet occupy zero-dimension. In fact, because of the self-energy of a point-particle leptons have infinite bare mass and infinite bare charge — vacuum fluctuations are needed to shield these infinite values. Such a point-particle is a singularity, or in more common parlance a black hole.

Black holes described as gravitational atom

Black holes described as gravitational atom

In a paper released by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Stanford University, researchers describe how astronomical black holes may bind surrounding particles to form a gravitational atom analogous to hydrogen, with the black hole acting as the nucleus and the surrounding particles forming a state similar to the electron cloud.

The Rotating Universe

The Rotating Universe

Detection of multiple spin-axes alignment in deep field survey of radio-active galaxies: Implications for large-scale spin coherence of space and rotational motion of the universe.

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