Re: >H Black hole atoms

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Jan 21 2000 - 05:21:42 MST

Phil <> writes:

> > Atom made from charged elementary black hole
> >
> > Authors: V. V. Flambaum, J. C. Berengut
> >
> > It is believed that there may have been a large number of
> > black holes formed in the very early universe. These would
> > have quantised masses. A charged ``elementary black hole''
> > (with the minimum possible mass) can capture electrons,
> > protons and other charged particles to form a ``black hole
> > atom''. We find the spectrum of such an object with a view to
> Please pardon my ignorance... How can something with the mass of, say,
> a neutron, form a black hole? Are they saying that the subatomic
> components are packed together more densely than in an ordinary neutron?

The black holes in the paper are rather speculative entities, remnants
from the big bang. During the initial fireball some regions might have
been compressed into lots of very small black holes which remain to
this day. This paper assumes there is a lower mass for black holes due
to quantization and explores what charged quantum black holes could

> How does this black hole capture particles if it is so small that the
> wave functions of the particles it "tries" to capture extend beyond
> its event horizon?

Electromagnetism. The electrons or protons are bound by the charge of
the hole. They are not "eaten" (or rather, the rate of falling into
the hole is very low according to the paper).

> PS - What is

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