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What happens if a black hole and a stable wormhole interact?

Asked by ETpro (34605points) July 11th, 2013

Granted we don’t know that stable, transversible wormholes exist. We know they are mathematically consistent with the theory of general relativity. With enough negative energy, such a wormhole could be opened and kept open. We don’t know how to generate large fields of negative energy, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be done. Stephen Hawking, Kip Thorne and other leading physicists believe that the Casimir effect demonstrates that negative energy fields can be generated. So let’s allow hypothetical stable wormholes to be a reality for the purpose of this question.

What happens when a black hole and a stable wormhole interact? Does the black hole produce a white hole on the other side of the wormhole, or eat the negative energy holding the wormhole open.

Here’s the whole lot of hole questions from the black hole series:
1  —  “Can a black hole overeat?”
2  —  “How big is your average black hole?”
3  —  “What happens when a black hole evaporates?”
4  —  “Would an ordinary black hole attract antimatter?”
5  —  “Could you kill an ordinary black hole by feeding it antimatter?”
6  —  “What is the morphology of a black hole?”

Also, @mattbrowne asked What exactly happens when a (hypothetical) antimatter black hole merges with a ‘normal’ black hole? shortly before I arrived here. That excellent question deserves to be part of the series. Feel free to add any other notable black hole questions from whatever date.

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Thulenord's avatar

You ignore the question that they would interact at all. I think they would ignore each other, lacking attraction. If a black hole has no hair, how much less so a stable worm hole? The great lessons of modern cosmology are that in spite of gravity “communication” in an absolute mystery. And, why interact at all? Did broken symetery really take place? Or is something more mysterious going on? Ontology and epistemology are not settled questions. You ask too many questions and think it cute. Answer a few first if you want to be taken seriously.

ETpro's avatar

Thank you for at least taking a stab at answering this. It appeared for a time nobody would try.

That said, you’re mighty new here to already be well schooled on my question and answer ratio. I have been a Fluther member since December 12, 2009 (1,315 days) and have asked 1,177 questions (less than 1 per day). In that same time, I have answered 14,387 times. That’s a ratio of over 12 answers/comments to each question asked. What is your idea of the proper ratio to avoid your ire?

And so what if I sometimes ask a question because I think its fun to contemplate or amusing (cute, to use your words)? I plead guilty as charged, and if you find such behavior personally repugnant, perhaps we’d best avoid each other’s threads, because I strongly disagree with that stance. I like to ask cute questions and I delight in answering cute ones posed by other members. That’s part of what keeps me around.

talljasperman's avatar

It could act as a large vacuum cleaner, sucking up space-time and the objects in side of them.

ETpro's avatar

@talljasperman That is certainly an interesting postulate. The black hole would be the vacuum cleaner and the wormhole would supply its hose, you suggest?

talljasperman's avatar

@ETpro Yes exactly, hypothetically any threat could be sucked up by the vacuum in space. A fake wormhole could be linked to an black hole and protect the Earth from asteroids or other treats.

ETpro's avatar

@talljasperman Is @Thulenord wrong then in asserting that a black hole and wormhole would not likely interact? Here’s what I have been able to find on it, which does not support @Thulenord dismissive response at all.

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