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Lindau blog: Designing Black Holes in the Lab

Astrophysical black holes are too remote to probe the quantum gravity effects. To test fundamental quantum processes at the event horizons, we might need to roll up our sleeves, and go downstairs to the lab.

25 Dec 2020 - by Alexander Kruchkov

"Le fils de l'homme" (1964) by René Magritte

The Black Hole Era

Black holes have attracted attention of scientists, artists and sci-fi writers. In the movie “Interstellar” (2014) Christopher Nolan went even further by hiring physicist Kip Thorne as a scientific advisor and executive producer, implementing and promoting the concept of gravitational waves – back than yet an unconfirmed hypothesis – into the movie, into our culture, into our lives. Kip Thorne and collaborators did an excellent job, together with actually being lucky confirming gravitational waves in the experiments a year later (and after decades of instrumental upgrades and designs). For this work, Kip Thorne, together with Rainer Weiss and Barry Barish, has received the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 – which technically makes “Interstellar” the only movie endorsed by both the Oscars and the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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