One of the great mysteries of the universe may have just been revealed. The conditions for creating a Big Bang type reaction have been explained and may help engineers develop better propulsion systems.
In a new paper appearing today in ScienceMagazine, researchers detailed the mechanisms that could cause the explosion, which is key for the models that scientists use to understand the origin of the universe.
“We defined the critical criteria where we can drive a flame to self-generate its own turbulence, spontaneously accelerate, and transition into detonation,” says Kareem Ahmed, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and co-author of the study.
UCF’s Propulsion and Energy Research Laboratory found that the key is “applying the right amount of turbulence and mixing to an unconfined flame until it become self-perpetuating, at which point the flame begins to burn the ingested energy leading to a Mach 5 hypersonic supernova explosion.”
That sounds powerful.
If we figure out that the Big Bang was a Mach 6 hypersonic explosion, though, is it back to the drawing board in terms of ever creating a new universe?