Dirty Instead of Clean

September 30, 2013 5:33 PM

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Black holes may not be as smooth as scientists once believed. One theory seems to indicate that these black holes may have "hair." The findings could lead to a new understanding of black holes, which could impact future models.

In 1963, Roy Kerr proposed a "clean" black hole model, which is the current theoretical paradigm. According to this model, black holes are defined by only two quantities. There's the mass of the black hole and the angular momentum, which is a black hole rotation velocity. When a high mass star colla...

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