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A very topical subject! Talk by Dr Fabio Biancalana, Heriot Watt University, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences.

“I will describe the famous `Hawking radiation’, the slow emission of energy by a black hole, which is allowed by the laws of quantum mechanics. This process is so important in modern physics that it has the potential to tell us something about the real constituents of spacetime. In the talk I will also discuss various interesting topics at the forefront of black hole physics, such as the `firewall hypothesis’, micro-black holes, white holes and wormholes.”

Dr Biancalana was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland “Good Morning Scotland” about new research on black holes on 2 April. Here’s a link to it – intro between 04:54 and 05:41 (minutes:seconds) and the actual interview occurs between 15:22 and 19:00. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0003tsg

Visitors are welcome at our meetings, but because of the popularity of our talks, visitors must register for a free ticket as visitor spaces are limited. Visitors can also leave after the main talk or are welcome to stay on for the rest of the meeting. Tickets will go live 2 weeks before the event.

Also at our meetings:

  • What’s in the night sky this month
  • Overview of astronomy and space news
  • Occasional member presentations