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A cutting-edge research project from Heriot-Watt University investigating light at its extremes, has gained international attention in the Arabic states.

Findings from Black Hole research was broadcast on BBC 4 Tech and has reached over five million viewers abroad.

It was also published on the BBC Arabic Facebook page and was viewed 9,500 times and received 18 shares on the first day of posting.

We're delighted that our Black Hole research has reached so many people in the Arabic states. Physics is a fascinating subject and it's easy to see why it appeals to people right across the globe.

Leading on the research, Professor Daniele Faccio

The study looks at black-hole physics and quantum electrodynamics in curved space-time geometries.

Researchers built their own “black hole” in the laboratory to prove a theory that huge amounts of energy can be harvested from a spinning black hole.

It is almost 50 years since physicist Professor Roger Penrose suggested an alien civilisation might be able to capture energy from one.

The research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Leverhulme Trust, The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), and is part of the UK Quantum Imaging Hub, QuantIC.