Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects
astronomer have encountered so far. And a
new study proposes that black are nothing but just a holographic projection,
with a new calculation of the entropy - or also known as disorder. These
calculations suggest that these giant enigmas of the Universe being nothing but
an optical illusion. Holograph hypothesis was first proposed by physicist
Leonard Susskind back in the 1990s, according to this theory, mathematically
speaking, the Universe requires just two dimensions - not three - for the laws
of physics and gravity to work as they really should.

Yeah this sounds crazy, but it could essentially
resolve some crucial conflicts between Einstein’s theory of relativity and
quantum mechanics. Physicists have proposed that the main reason we can’t find
out what happens to matter once it passes over the edge - or event horizon -
and into a black hole, is because there is actually no 'inside'. As an
alternative, everything that passes the edge gets trapped in the gravitational variations
on the surface.

A group of physicists led by Daniele Pranzetti from the
Max Planck Institute for Theoretical Physics in Germany has now presented a new
approximation for the amount of entropy existing in a black hole, and their
calculations support this situation.

The physicists were concentrating on the entropy - a
physical property that encrypts how ordered, or disordered, something really
is. According to Stephen Hawking, the entropy of a black hole must be relative
to its area, but not its volume, and this notion is what encouraged the first
thoughts about the probability of holographic black holes.

Joanne Kennel explains for The Science Explorer, said "Although
there is some consensus in the scientific community that black holes must have
entropy or their existence would violate the second law of thermodynamics, no
agreement has been reached about the origin of this entropy, or how to
calculate its value,"

For a new way of looking at this this problem,
Pranzetti and his coworkers used a theoretical method called Loop Quantum
Gravity (LQG) to clarify a concept known as quantum gravity.

In theoretical physics, quantum gravity pursues to explain
the force of gravity according to the rules of quantum mechanics, and forecasts
that the fabric of space-time consists of tiny grains known as quanta - the
'atoms' of space-time.

Assemblages of these quanta are called condensates, and
the physicists discovered that just like a jug full of atoms that make up water
molecules, a black hole made of condensates would have all the similar
properties, and their mutual behavior and gravitational effects could be resolute
by studying the properties of just one.

What this means is that although we can't really see or
measure what's inside a black hole's event horizon - and hence its entropy - it
doesn't actually matter, if the collective properties of all its 'atoms' can be
measured in just one.

The team explains in a press release "[J]ust as
fluids at our scale appear as continuous materials despite their consisting of
a huge number of atoms, similarly, in quantum gravity, the fundamental
constituent atoms of space form a sort of fluid, that is continuous space-time.
A continuous and homogenous geometry (like that of a spherically symmetric
black hole) can ... be described as a condensate."

Now, think of a black hole as a three-dimensional basketball
ring – consider the ring as the event horizon, and the net is the hole into
which all matter foes and vanishes. Shove that net up into the ring to create
it a flat, two-dimensional circle, and then visualize that all that metal and
string is made of water. Now everything you measure in the ring can be applied
to what's in the net.

With this in mind, now have a real model to show that
the 3D nature of black holes might just be an illusion - all the information of
a black hole can hypothetically be confined on a two-dimensional surface, with
no need for an real 'hole' or inside.

Pranzetti and his group’s model has been explained in
Physical Review Letters, and while it's going to be quite difficult to prove ultimately
that black holes are in fact two-dimensional, theoretical physicists are definitly
going to try anyway. This research might just be the next crucial stage to get
them further on their way, and that's pretty freaking cool.