Applied Math professor disproves 70-year-old black hole theory

Monday, June 24, 2024

For the last seven decades, astrophysicists have theorized the existence of “kugelblitze,” black holes caused by extremely high concentrations of light.

These special black holes, they speculated, might be linked to astronomical phenomena such as dark matter, and have even been suggested as the power source of hypothetical spaceship engines in the far future.

However, new theoretical physics research by a team of researchers at the University of Waterloo and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, including Applied Math professor Eduardo Martín-Martínez, demonstrates that kugelblitze are impossible in our current universe.

The team built a mathematical model, taking into account quantum effects, that demonstrated that the concentration of light required to create kugelblitze would be tens of orders of magnitude greater than that observed in quasars, the brightest objects in our universe.

Read the full article from Waterloo News to learn more.