Is it possible that a big enough particle accelerator ,(the RHIC for example), could generate a black hole. If so - how?
Asked by: Tim Butler
I have just read the latest edition of New Scientist magazine which features a 4 page
article on the subject.According to the article, the smallest possible black hole is
about 10-35 meters across (Planck's Length). To create such an object by collision
would require energies of 1019 Giga-electronvolts - more than ten million billion
times the energies created by the RHIC. We would need a particle accelerator as big
as the galaxy to do it. Even then, this black hole would evaporate in about 10-42
seconds. So, basically, the answer is no.
Answered by: Tim Butler
Our server costs have gone up and our advertising revenue has gone down. You do the math! If you find our site useful, consider donating to keep us going. Thanks!
'As long as men are free to ask what they must; free to say what they think; free to think what they will; freedom can never be lost and science can never regress. '
J. Robert Oppenheimer