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Micro black holes, also called quantum mechanical black holes or mini black holes, are hypothetical tiny black holes, for which quantum mechanical effects play an important role[1] The concept that black holes may exist that are smaller than stellar mass was introduced in 1971 by Stephen Hawking[2]

It is possible that such quantum primordial black holes were created in the high-density environment of the early Universe or big bang, or possibly through subsequent phase transitions They might be observed by astrophysicists through the particles they are expected to emit by Hawking radiation

Some hypotheses involving additional space dimensions predict that micro black holes could be formed at energies as low as the TeV range, which are available in particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider Popular concerns have then been raised over end-of-the-world scenarios see Safety of particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider However, such quantum black holes would instantly evaporate, either totally or leaving only a very weakly interacting residue[citation needed] Beside the theoretical arguments, the cosmic rays hitting the Earth do not produce any damage, although they reach center of mass energies in the range of hundreds of TeV

Contents

  • 1 Minimum mass of a black hole
  • 2 Stability
    • 21 Hawking radiation
    • 22 Conjectures for the final state
  • 3 Primordial black holes
    • 31 Formation in the early Universe
    • 32 Expected observable effects
  • 4 Man-made micro black holes
    • 41 Feasibility of production
    • 42 Safety arguments
    • 43 As a power source
  • 5 Black holes in quantum theories of gravity
  • 6 See also
  • 7 Notes
  • 8 References
  • 9 Bibliography
  • 10 External links

Minimum mass of a black hole

In principle, a black hole can have any mass equal to or above the Planck mass about 6992220000000000000♠22×10−8 kg or 22 micrograms[2] To make a black hole, one must concentrate mass or energy sufficiently that the escape velocity from the region in which it is concentrated exceeds the speed of light This condition gives the Schwarzschild radius, R = 2GM/c2, where G is the gravitational constant, c is the speed of light, and M the mass of the black hole On the other hand, the Compton wavelength, λ = h/Mc, where h is the Planck constant, represents a limit on the minimum size of the region in which a mass M at rest can be localized For sufficiently small M, the reduced Compton wavelength λ = ħ/Mc, where ħ is the reduced Planck constant exceeds half the Schwarzschild radius, and no black hole description exists This smallest mass for a black hole is thus approximately the Planck mass

Some extensions of present physics posit the existence of extra dimensions of space In higher-dimensional spacetime, the strength of gravity increases more rapidly with decreasing distance than in three dimensions With certain special configurations of the extra dimensions, this effect can lower the Planck scale to the TeV range Examples of such extensions include large extra dimensions, special cases of the Randall–Sundrum model, and string theory configurations like the GKP solutions In such scenarios, black hole production could possibly be an important and observable effect at the Large Hadron Collider LHC[1][3][4][5][6] It would also be a common natural phenomenon induced by the cosmic rays

All this assumes that the theory of general relativity remains valid at these small distances If it does not, then other, presently unknown, effects will limit the minimum size of a black hole Elementary particles are equipped with a quantum-mechanical, intrinsic angular momentum spin The correct conservation law for the total orbital plus spin angular momentum of matter in curved spacetime requires that spacetime is equipped with torsion The simplest and most natural theory of gravity with torsion is the Einstein–Cartan theory[7][8] Torsion modifies the Dirac equation in the presence of the gravitational field and causes fermion particles to be spatially extended[9]

The spatial extension of fermions limits the minimum mass of a black hole to be on the order of 7016100000000000000♠1016 kg, showing that micro black holes may not exist The energy necessary to produce such a black hole is 39 orders of magnitude greater than the energies available at the Large Hadron Collider, indicating that the LHC cannot produce mini black holes But if black holes are produced, then the theory of general relativity is proven wrong and does not exist at these small distances The rules of general relativity would be broken, as is consistent with theories of how matter, space, and time break down around the event horizon of a black hole This would prove the spatial extensions of the fermion limits to be incorrect as well The fermion limits assume a minimum mass needed to sustain a black hole, as opposed to the opposite, the minimum mass needed to start a black hole, which in theory is achievable in the LHC[10]

Stability

Hawking radiation

Main article: Hawking radiation

In 1974, Stephen Hawking argued that, due to quantum effects, black holes "evaporate" by a process now referred to as Hawking radiation in which elementary particles such as photons, electrons, quarks, gluons are emitted[2] His calculations showed that the smaller the size of the black hole, the faster the evaporation rate, resulting in a sudden burst of particles as the micro black hole suddenly explodes

Any primordial black hole of sufficiently low mass will evaporate to near the Planck mass within the lifetime of the Universe In this process, these small black holes radiate away matter A rough picture of this is that pairs of virtual particles emerge from the vacuum near the event horizon, with one member of a pair being captured, and the other escaping the vicinity of the black hole The net result is the black hole loses mass due to conservation of energy According to the formulae of black hole thermodynamics, the more the black hole loses mass, the hotter it becomes, and the faster it evaporates, until it approaches the Planck mass At this stage, a black hole would have a Hawking temperature of TP/8π 7032560000000000000♠56×1032 K, which means an emitted Hawking particle would have an energy comparable to the mass of the black hole Thus, a thermodynamic description breaks down Such a micro black hole would also have an entropy of only 4π nats, approximately the minimum possible value At this point then, the object can no longer be described as a classical black hole, and Hawking's calculations also break down

While Hawking radiation is sometimes questioned,[11] Leonard Susskind summarizes an expert perspective in his book The Black Hole War: "Every so often, a physics paper will appear claiming that black holes don't evaporate Such papers quickly disappear into the infinite junk heap of fringe ideas"[12]

Conjectures for the final state

Conjectures for the final fate of the black hole include total evaporation and production of a Planck-mass-sized black hole remnant Such Planck-mass black holes may in effect be stable objects if the quantized gaps between their allowed energy levels bar them from emitting Hawking particles or absorbing energy gravitationally like a classical black hole In such case, they would be weakly interacting massive particles; this could explain dark matter[13]

Primordial black holes

Main article: Primordial black hole

Formation in the early Universe

Production of a black hole requires concentration of mass or energy within the corresponding Schwarzschild radius It is hypothesized by Zel'dovich and Novikov first and independently by Hawking that, shortly after the Big Bang, the Universe was dense enough for any given region of space to fit within its own Schwarzschild radius Even so, at that time, the Universe was not able to collapse into a singularity due to its uniform mass distribution and rapid growth This, however, does not fully exclude the possibility that black holes of various sizes may have emerged locally A black hole formed in this way is called a primordial black hole and is the most widely accepted hypothesis for the possible creation of micro black holes Computer simulations suggest that the probability of formation of a primordial black hole is inversely proportional to its mass Thus, the most likely outcome would be micro black holes[citation needed]

Expected observable effects

A primordial black hole with an initial mass of around 7012100000000000000♠1012 kg would be completing its evaporation today; a less massive primordial black hole would have already evaporated[1] In optimistic circumstances, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope satellite, launched in June 2008, might detect experimental evidence for evaporation of nearby black holes by observing gamma ray bursts[14][15][16] It is unlikely that a collision between a microscopic black hole and an object such as a star or a planet would be noticeable The small radius and high density of the black hole would allow it to pass straight through any object consisting of normal atoms, interacting with only few of its atoms while doing so It has, however, been suggested that a small black hole of sufficient mass passing through the Earth would produce a detectable acoustic or seismic signal[17][18][19][a]

Man-made micro black holes

Feasibility of production

In familiar three-dimensional gravity, the minimum energy of a microscopic black hole is 7009160217648700000♠1019 GeV, which would have to be condensed into a region on the order of the Planck length This is far beyond the limits of any current technology It is estimated[citation needed] that to collide two particles to within a distance of a Planck length with currently achievable magnetic field strengths would require a ring accelerator about 1,000 light years in diameter to keep the particles on track Stephen Hawking also said in chapter 6 of his A Brief History of Time that physicist John Archibald Wheeler once calculated that a very powerful hydrogen bomb using all the deuterium in all the water on Earth could also generate such a black hole, but Hawking does not provide this calculation or any reference to it to support this assertion

However, in some scenarios involving extra dimensions of space, the Planck mass can be as low as the TeV range The Large Hadron Collider LHC has a design energy of 6994224304708180000♠14 TeV for proton–proton collisions and 1,150 TeV for Pb–Pb collisions It was argued in 2001 that, in these circumstances, black hole production could be an important and observable effect at the LHC[3][4][5][6][20] or future higher-energy colliders Such quantum black holes should decay emitting sprays of particles that could be seen by detectors at these facilities[3][4] A paper by Choptuik and Pretorius, published in 2010 in Physical Review Letters, presented a computer-generated proof that micro black holes must form from two colliding particles with sufficient energy, which might be allowable at the energies of the LHC if additional dimensions are present other than the customary four three spatial, one temporal[21][22]

Safety arguments

Main article: Safety of high-energy particle collision experiments

Hawking's calculation[2] and more general quantum mechanical arguments predict that micro black holes evaporate almost instantaneously Additional safety arguments beyond those based on Hawking radiation were given in the paper,[23][24] which showed that in hypothetical scenarios with stable black holes that could damage Earth, such black holes would have been produced by cosmic rays and would have already destroyed known astronomical objects such as the Earth, Sun, neutron stars, or white dwarfs

As a power source

If a way to create artificial micro black holes were discovered, they could provide an abundant energy source by absorbing and converting their Hawking radiation The process may occur with a smaller mass black hole evaporating as a gamma ray burst immediately after creation It may also occur in a zero-gravity environment, with a larger-mass black hole, that may emit radiation for years before becoming unstable and needing replacement, such as in a black hole starship

This was explored in Arthur C Clarke's books such as Imperial Earth and in fact recent calculations[which] suggest that mini BHs may be stable if they are larger than a critical size as long as they are fed a continuous stream of energy tuned to the diameter of the event horizon Some[who] have suggested using a particle accelerator-like device to achieve this It has also been theorized[by whom] that very small black holes in nature may be detected, captured and used by an advanced civilization as a power source whose containment failure might be seen as an atypical gravitational wave event, we may even have detected micro-black holes indirectly as anomalous clock variations on GPS satellites, FRBs and coincidental seismic signals[citation needed]

In 2009 scientists Qiang Cheng and Tie Jun Cui from Southeast University in Nanjing, China created an artificial version of a black hole using concentric circles of metamaterial which trapped radiation from all directions MIT-technology-review/ This raises the question whether human interest in and understanding of black holes could support attempts to improve the efficiency of light harvesting for green energy

Black holes in quantum theories of gravity

It is possible, in some theories of quantum gravity, to calculate the quantum corrections to ordinary, classical black holes Contrarily to conventional black holes, which are solutions of gravitational field equations of the general theory of relativity, quantum gravity black holes incorporate quantum gravity effects in the vicinity of the origin, where classically a curvature singularity occurs According to the theory employed to model quantum gravity effects, there are different kinds of quantum gravity black holes, namely loop quantum black holes, non-commutative black holes, asymptotically safe black holes In these approaches, black holes are singularity-free

Virtual micro black holes have been proposed by Stephen Hawking in 1995,[25] and by Fabio Scardigli in 1999 as part of a Grand Unified Theory which could be a quantum gravity candidate[26][27]

See also

  • Black holes in fiction
  • Planck particle
  • Holeum
  • Kugelblitz astrophysics
  • Black hole starship
  • Black hole electron

Notes

  1. ^ The Schwarzschild radius of a 7012100000000000000♠1012 kg black hole is approximately 6987148000000000000♠148 fm 6987148000000000000♠148×10−13 m, which is much smaller than an atom but larger than an atomic nucleus

References

  1. ^ a b c Carr, B J; Giddings, S B 2005 "Quantum black holes" Scientific American 292 5: 30 
  2. ^ a b c d Hawking, Stephen W 1971 "Gravitationally collapsed objects of very low mass" Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 152: 75 Bibcode:1971MNRAS15275H doi:101093/mnras/152175  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "hawking" defined multiple times with different content see the help page
  3. ^ a b c Giddings, S B; Thomas, S D 2002 "High-energy colliders as black hole factories: The End of short distance physics" Physical Review D 65 5: 056010 arXiv:hep-ph/0106219  Bibcode:2002PhRvD65e6010G doi:101103/PhysRevD65056010 
  4. ^ a b c Dimopoulos, S; Landsberg, G L 2001 "Black Holes at the Large Hadron Collider" Physical Review Letters 87 16: 161602 arXiv:hep-ph/0106295  Bibcode:2001PhRvL87p1602D doi:101103/PhysRevLett87161602 PMID 11690198 
  5. ^ a b Johnson, George September 11, 2001 "Physicists Strive to Build A Black Hole" The New York Times Retrieved 2010-05-12 
  6. ^ a b "The case for mini black holes" CERN Courier November 2004 
  7. ^ Sciama, Dennis W 1964 "The physical structure of general relativity" Reviews of Modern Physics 36: 463–469 Bibcode:1964RvMP36463S doi:101103/revmodphys36463 
  8. ^ Kibble, Tom W B 1961 "Lorentz invariance and the gravitational field" Journal of Mathematical Physics 2: 212–221 Bibcode:1961JMP2212K doi:101063/11703702 
  9. ^ Popławski, Nikodem J 2010 "Nonsingular Dirac particles in spacetime with torsion" Physics Letters B 690: 73–77 arXiv:09101181  Bibcode:2010PhLB69073P doi:101016/jphysletb201004073 
  10. ^ Stephen Hawking, "new doomsday warning"
  11. ^ Helfer, A D 2003 "Do black holes radiate" Reports on Progress in Physics 66 6: 943–1008 arXiv:gr-qc/0304042  Bibcode:2003RPPh66943H doi:101088/0034-4885/66/6/202 
  12. ^ Susskind, L 2008 The Black Hole War: My battle with Stephen Hawking to make the world safe for quantum mechanics New York: Little, Brown ISBN 978-0-316-01640-7 
  13. ^ MacGibbon, J H 1987 "Can Planck-mass relics of evaporating black holes close the Universe" Nature 329: 308–309 Bibcode:1987Natur329308M doi:101038/329308a0 
  14. ^ Barrau, A 2000 "Primordial black holes as a source of extremely high energy cosmic rays" Astroparticle Physics 12 4: 269–275 arXiv:astro-ph/9907347  Bibcode:2000APh12269B doi:101016/S0927-65059900103-6 
  15. ^ McKee, M 30 May 2006 "Satellite could open door on extra dimension" New Scientist 
  16. ^ "Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope: "Mini" black hole detection" 
  17. ^ Khriplovich, I B; Pomeransky, A A; Produit, N; Ruban, G Yu 2008 "Can one detect passage of small black hole through the Earth" Physical Review D 77 6: 064017 arXiv:07103438  Bibcode:2008PhRvD77f4017K doi:101103/PhysRevD77064017 
  18. ^ Khriplovich, I B; Pomeransky, A A; Produit, N; Ruban, G Yu 2008 "Passage of small black hole through the Earth Is it detectable" 0801: 4623 arXiv:08014623  Bibcode:2008arXiv08014623K 
  19. ^ Cain, Fraser 20 June 2007 "Are Microscopic Black Holes Buzzing Inside the Earth" Universe Today 
  20. ^ Schewe, Phillip F; Stein, Ben; Riordon, James September 26, 2001 Bulletin of Physics News American Institute of Physics 558  Missing or empty |title= help
  21. ^ Choptuik, Matthew W; Pretorius, Frans 2010 "Ultrarelativistic Particle Collisions" Phys Rev Lett 104 11: 111101 arXiv:09081780  Bibcode:2010PhRvL104k1101C doi:101103/PhysRevLett104111101 PMID 20366461 
  22. ^ Peng, G-X; Wen, X-J; Chen, Y-D 2006 "New solutions for the color-flavor locked strangelets" Physics Letters B 633 2–3: 314–318 arXiv:hep-ph/0512112  Bibcode:2006PhLB633314P doi:101016/jphysletb200511081 
  23. ^ Giddings, S B; Mangano, M L 2008 "Astrophysical implications of hypothetical stable TeV-scale black holes" Physical Review D 78: 035009 arXiv:08063381  Bibcode:2008PhRvD78c5009G doi:101103/PhysRevD78035009 
  24. ^ Peskin, M E 2008 "The end of the world at the Large Hadron Collider" Physics 1: 14 
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External links

  • Astrophysical implications of hypothetical stable TeV-scale black holes
  • A Barrau & J Grain, The Case for mini black holes: a review of the searches for new physics with micro black holes possibly formed at colliders CERN Courier Nov 12, 2004
  • Mini Black Holes Might Reveal 5th Dimension – Ker Than Spacecom June 26, 2006 10:42am ET
  • Doomsday Machine Large Hadron Collider – A scientific essay about energies, dimensions, black holes, and the associated public attention to CERN, by Norbert Frischauf also available as Podcast

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