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Eating Anti Matter

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Posted by John Kenny on October 13, 2000 05:48:16 UTC

So, we were having a boring day at work and we started discussing black holes. The discussion stalled when we introduced the idea of gradually adding anti matter into a black hole. Our assumptions are that the anti matter would survive its journey into the black hole, come in contact with the mater, and the two would destroy each other, thereby reducing the overall mass of the black hole. If this is true, does the event horizon shrink, and if so, is any of the trapped energy (gamma rays?) able to escape?

Any information that could put our tortured brains to rest would be appreciated (after all, we are betting beers on the outcome!)

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