Wednesday, October 14, 2009

First black hole for light created on Earth - physics-math - 14 October 2009 - New Scientist

First black hole for light created on Earth: The key to making light curve inwards is to make the shell's permittivity – which affects the electric component of an electromagnetic wave – increase smoothly from the outer to the inner surface. This is analogous to the curvature of space-time near a black hole. At the point where the shell meets the core, the permittivity of the ring must match that of the core, so that light is absorbed rather than reflected.

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