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Scientists create molecular black hole in laboratory
In an experiment that could help scientists understand the complexities of the universe in a better manner, researchers have been successful in creating a black hole in a laboratory.

The researchers from Kansas University were successful in blasting a small molecule with the world's most powerful X-ray laser resulting in the molecule turning into an atom-sucking 'molecular black hole'.

As per reports, the researchers made use of short pulses of ultra-intense high-energy X-rays in order to obtain a detailed picture of how X-ray radiation interacts with molecules. The molecules that were put under the powerful X-ray radiation were iodomethane (CH3I) and iodobenzene (C6H5I). The experiment was carried out at the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory of Stanford University.

"As this powerful X-ray light hits a molecule, the heaviest atom, the iodine, absorbs a few hundred times more X-rays than all the other atoms, then, most of its electrons are stripped away, creating a large positive charge on the iodine," Artem Rudenko, Principle researcher of the study was quoted by SpaceRef.

The research that was published in the latest issue of Nature also shows that the positive charge that was created in the experiment pulls electrons from the other atoms in the molecule. This fills the created vacancies and develops the phenomenon like that of a short-lived black hole. But what must also be noted is that unlike the real black hole, the experimental version lets the electrons out again. While as nothing has ever come out of a black hole, making it ever more mysterious.

While the study might be just the beginning but future improvements in this field of study can result in humans developing a better understating of the black holes and then subsequently the universe.

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