Here’s Exactly How Aliens Could Use Black Holes to Generate Energy

Pocket worthy/Popular Mechanics – By Caroline Delbert – Nov 03, 2021

Scientists confirm a wild 50-year-old theory.

Forget even the most outlandish solar schemes—what if your local power plant were a black hole ?

That over-50-year-old theory began with an idea about what happens when you lower a tester into the mouth of a black hole. Physicists at the time thought they’d need an impossible machine to prove their theory, but now, researchers at the University of Glasgow have found a black hole lifehack.

The idea is simple … by quantum and black hole standards, at least. In the mouth of a black hole, the combination of infinite density and strangeness inside the black hole and the rapidly rotating outer ergosphere would make the dangling object travel faster than light in order.

Think of how a needle stays poised on the surface of a spinning vinyl record: the record is spinning rapidly while the needle stands still. In 1969, physicist Roger Penrose developed this theory and hypothesized that the object would have “negative energy.”

So where does power generation come in?

“By dropping the object and splitting it in two so that one half falls into the black hole while the other is recovered, the recoil action would measure a loss of negative energy—effectively, the recovered half would gain energy extracted from the black hole’s rotation,” the University of Glasgow explains in a statement. By playing off the different layers of wildly different mass, force, and more, an observer to this phenomenon could harness the energy deficit.

That observer would have to be advanced beyond anything humans can imagine today, like the makers of a hypothetical Dyson sphere or any other cosmic power structure. For this reason, the theory’s consequences have always been assigned to some alien civilization within the long timescale of the universe.

Now, researchers have found a way to subvert the conditions of the original test using sound instead of light.

“This concept, which is a key step towards the understanding that black holes may amplify quantum fluctuations, has not been verified experimentally owing to the challenging experimental requirement that the cylinder rotation rate must be larger than the incoming wave frequency. Here, we demonstrate experimentally that these conditions can be satisfied with acoustic waves.”

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