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Black hole ‘superradiance’ may aid quest for dark matter

New research challenges what we thought we knew about what happens around black holes. 

We’re used to thinking of black holes as the ultimate vacuums, capable of sucking in everything around them and refusing to let anything out again. That includes light, hence the “black” in their names. But over the past 50 years, physicists have realized that black holes affect their environments in interesting, complicated ways. One of those ways leads to a process called superradiance, in which a black hole boosts any nearby light into intense levels of energy.

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