Abhas Mitra: The unsung Indian astrophysicist.

Abhas Mitra: The unsung Indian astrophysicist.

When the era of the science began, there has been so many renowned astrophysicists and scientists like Galileo Galilei, Edwin Hubble, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and so many more who have already given so much to mankind to understand the universe. But there are still some mysteries against the human which couldn’t be solved yet. One of the biggest mystery is “Black Hole”. One of the great astrophysicist Stephen Hawkins spent their whole life to understand it, but there are still some areas and questions which are still unanswerable.

Today in this article, I will tell you about an Indian astrophysicist who has also given his many years in the study of Black Holes and who also claims that he has solved one of the biggest mystery many years before Stephen Hawkins. What are those we will see in this article? So without any further ado, let’s get started.

Who is Abhas Mitra?

Dr. Abhas Kumar Mitra is a Head of Theoretical Physics Section in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, and he is currently an Adjunct Professor in Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai. He qualified as a Senior Research Associate in Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA, in 2004, and in 2006.

He worked as a visiting professor in Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg. He has carried out research in Gamma-Ray Astronomy, High Energy Astrophysics, Classical Mechanics, General Relativity, Cosmology, and Gravitational Collapse. He pioneered theoretical research on Cosmic Gamma-Ray Bursts in India since 1995.

Abhas Kumar Mitra: Image credit: Facebook

He has authored almost 120+ research papers and book chapters. It is extremely rare in Indian Science in post-independent India, that a fundamental idea developed within India has been the topic of a press release by Harvard. He happens to be one of the most mentioned “Indian Physicist” on the web for the past many years.

What exactly he observed?

In a paper published in the journal, Foundations of Physics Letters, in 2000, he suggested that “exact” black holes as we thought of them could not exist as they would not follow the rules of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Instead, he argued that all black holes would only be approximate or quasi-black holes. He also named it as Eternal collapsing Object (ECO) or Magnetospheric eternally collapsing object (MECO). If you want a detailed description of the ECO then please check the link at the end of this post.

Black hole or ECO

He also pointed out the fact that experimental physicists had failed to find any evidence for Hawking Radiation, and he predicted neither will be there any such evidence in future because there could not be any exact horizon, any exact black hole in the first place. He told Quartz in an email. “Accordingly, I exerted that there is really no Black Hole Information Paradox.”

He says he asked several big-name physicists at the time, including Stephen Hawking, to critique his work. But he never received a response. And his theory never really got the international science community’s attention.

He had spent several years studying and writing about black holes, cosmic gamma-ray bursts, and more. He even went on to head BARC’s theoretical astrophysics department. And though his life’s work never brought him the kind of international renown that Stephen Hawking enjoyed, he is also mourning the physicist’s recent death at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking: Image credit: Facebook

“Stephen Hawking has been a highly inspiring human being for all, including me, and his passing away is a great loss for physics.”

Dr. Abhas Kumar Mitra

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Anil Kashyap

I want to explore new things every single moment of life. Life motto: Learn and teach as much as you can until your last breath.

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