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Julian Krolik, professor of physics and astronomy in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and his companion researchers used a mixture of supercomputer simulations and old-style hand-written calculations to disclose their results. Supported by 40 years of theoretic development, the team presented for the first time that high-energy light release is not only possible, but is an unavoidable result of gas being drawn into a black hole.
“Black holes are truly exotic, with extraordinarily high temperatures, incredibly rapid motions and gravity exhibiting the full weirdness of general relativity,” Krolik said. “But our calculations show we can understand a lot about them using only standard physics principles.”
The group’s work was published in the print version of Astrophysical Journal. His coworkers on the study include Jeremy Schnittman, a research astrophysicist from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Scott Noble, an assistant research expert from the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation at RIT. Schnittman was principal author.
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