Using Belousov-Zhabotinsky Waves as an Analogue to the Event Horizon of a Black Hole

Samuel Nash


This project creates an analogue to the event horizon of a blackhole using a Belousov-Zhabotinsky wave to simulate a gravity wave. A channel is designed to conduct the experiment, and the utility of replacing the syringe pump used in an earlier experiments with a peristaltic pump was tested. The peristaltic pump, unlike the syringe pump can be run indefinitely fed by a reservoir. Analysis verified that a constant, stable flow rate was maintained by the pump. The goal of the project was to design a channel is to get a distinct wavefront so that the BZ wave is stopped as it approaches the channel opening, across the width of the channel.