Event horizon dawns on desktop

January 28, 2002 | Source: Nature Science Update

Using frozen light, physicists hope to mimic a black hole on a desktop. The miniature physics phenomena could show hidden shades of space.
The simulation could create a mock version of elusive ‘Hawking radiation.’ These weak electromagnetic waves are thought to occur when light reaches the event horizon, where dimensions as we know them disappear and light and time appear to stand still.

Imitation event horizons may help us to understand the quantum effects of gravity, and resolve conflicts between general relativity and quantum theory.