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Re: Could a Black Hole atom be used to efficiently convert matter to energy?

Date: Sun Jul 2 18:38:21 2000
Posted By: Peter Brown, Staff, Physicist, none
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 961187430.As

Most Black Holes have angular momentum (i.e. are rotating) just as most
planets and stars do. By using a process, known as The Penrose Process, one
can extract energy from the black hole by reducing it's angular momentum.

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