Two Indian Scientists Unveil Mysteries About Blackholes

First Posted: Sep 21, 2013 10:56 AM EDT
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The mysteries of black holes got unveiled with the help of Albert Einstein's gravity theory by the duo of an Indian scientist Banibrata Mukhopadhyay, from IISc (Indian Institute of Science), along with his student Indrani Banerjee. (Photo : Facebook)

A team of Indian scientists unveiled the mysteries of black holes. Banibrata Mukhopadhyay from IISc (Indian Institute of Science) along with his student Indrani Banerjee, solved the riddle with the help of Albert Einstein's gravity theory.

Banibrata Mukhopadhyay, associate professor at IISc and Indrani Banerjee worked for over two years on their research. Their study on black holes has been acknowledged by the scientific community across the globe, including professors from Harvard University. The duo has published its findings in the international journal Physical Review Letters.

Blackholes are formed after stars lose their nuclear fuel, they cannot be seen by the naked eye. They are known for sucking everything that exists in their neighborhood. So far it was believed that the blackhole's influence on its neighbors can be figured out with the help of their mass and spin and their pre-death star existence. But their research delves further in the association mass and spin of these black holes.

"The spin of the observed black holes is still a debatable issue - the exact value of the spin is not known. On the other hand mass can be determined more easily. Rotation of the black hole is determined by the mass and rotation of the initial star," Professor Mukhopadhyay explained in a Times Of India report.

"The larger the mass of the initial star the greater it tends to have a high rotational speed and turn into swiftly spinning black holes. The smaller the mass of the initial star the slower its rotation and spin. This property shows that spin and mass are correlated. Hence if mass is known, the spin can be predicted. Eventually, only one fundamental parameter characterizes the black hole," he explained further.

 

"First we were working on how stars collapse and end up into black holes. During the research, the thought of discovering the properties emerged," said Indrani Bannerjee, a PhD student of Physics.

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