Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab

Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab

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Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab
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Posted on 01/20/2018 9:28:33 PM PST by BenLurkin

[T]he study of GRBs have been complicated by two major issues. On the one hand, GRBs are very short lived, lasting for only seconds at a time. Second, all detected events have occurred in distant galaxies, some of which were billions of light-years away. Nevertheless, there are a few theories as to what could account for them, ranging from the formation of black holes and collisions between neutron stars to extra-terrestrial communications.

With the assistance of their collaborators in the US, France, the UK and Sweden, the team from Queen’s University Belfast relied on the Gemini laser, located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. With this instrument, which is one of the most powerful lasers in the world, the international collaboration sought to create the first small scale replica of GRBs.

By shooting this laser onto a complex target, the team was able to create miniature versions of these ultra-fast astrophysical jets, which they recorded to see how they behaved. As Dr. Sarri indicated:

“In our experiment, we were able to observe, for the first time, some of the key phenomena that play a major role in the generation of gamma ray bursts, such as the self-generation of magnetic fields that lasted for a long time. These were able to confirm some major theoretical predictions of the strength and distribution of these fields. In short, our experiment independently confirms that the models currently used to understand gamma ray bursts are on the right track.”

This experiment was not only important for the study of GRBs, it could also advance our understanding about how different states of matter behave. Basically, almost all phenomena in nature come down to the dynamics of electrons, as they are much lighter than atomic nuclei and quicker to respond to external stimuli…

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science

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1 posted on 01/20/2018 9:28:33 PM PST by BenLurkin

To: BenLurkin

Dr. Bruce Bannon will address the media at 2200 hours.

Press advised to not piss him off.

2 posted on 01/20/2018 9:33:51 PM PST by bagster (Even bad men love their mamas.)

To: BenLurkin

3 posted on 01/20/2018 9:33:58 PM PST by Teflonic (tt)

To: BenLurkin

Gee, I hope the experimenters were well shielded, and that they signed an environmental impact statement.

4 posted on 01/20/2018 9:34:17 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)

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