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Dead and alive at the same time: Black holes have quantum properties | Space

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According to a recent study, black holes have characteristics of quantum particles, implying that they can be both small and large, heavy and light, or dead and alive, like the fabled Schrödinger’s cat.

Black holes have quantum features that make them simultaneously dead and alive. The goal of the new study, which was based on computer modeling, was to discover the elusive link between the rules governing the behavior of the smallest subatomic particles and the mind-boggling time-warping physics of supermassive objects like black holes. The research team created a mathematical model that positioned a fictitious quantum particle just outside a massive fictitious black hole. According to the simulation, the black hole demonstrated quantum superposition, or the capacity to simultaneously exist in several states. In this case, this meant that it could be both huge and completely inert. The renowned Schrödinger’s cat, a thought experiment created by scientist Erwin Schrödinger in the early 20th century to highlight some of the fundamental problems with quantum physics, is the most well-known example of quantum superposition. Until they interact with the outside world, subatomic particles are said to exist in several states simultaneously, according to quantum theories. The particle is thrown into this contact, which could just be the act of being measured or observed.

Source: https://www.space.com/black-holes-have-quantum-properties-study


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