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Chandrasekar

Limits

Fotografías de 100 x 70 cm. que acompañan a la video-instalación. 2018.

 

The limit of Chandrasekhar (based on the mathematician Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar theorem) is the maximum possible mass that a white dwarf star can achieve. When this star exhausts all its nuclear fuel, gravity begins to collapse. If it has a mass lower than the Chandrasekhar limit, it will reach a point where the degeneration pressure will be able to stop the gravitational collapse and the star will become a white dwarf. If, on the other hand, it has too much higher than 1.44 solar masses, then gravity will overcome the pressure of degeneration and will not prevent it from continuing to collapse. Then, instead of a white dwarf, it will explode and end up like a neutron star, a black hole or (hypothetically) like a quarks star.


This work addresses the limits of the formation of the universe through science and the myths of Hindu creation. The work delves into the Chandrasekhar boundary conception that predicts that the star mass of a white dwarf can unleash a singularity. The work generated from the sound obtained by the radio telescope KOBE, shows the visualization of the sound of the microwave radiation background, inside a (acoustic bathtub containing a fluid) that generates a visual pattern on the surface of a fluid that is made visible by light.

The microwave background radiation is a prediction of the Big Bang model that postulates that the early universe was a plasma composed of electrons, photons, protons and neutrons. That is, we can determine that the interior of a black hole and the origin of the big bang have the same conditions. Therefore, through the limit of Chandrasekhar we can approach this idea of the formation of the universe from the scientific perspective from the relation between what science tells us and the oral tradition of the myths of Hindu creation.

 

“The supreme being in the form of water, was to gather and store within himself an incandescent energy. His boundless strength once again gave light to the universe. He, who is the universal, made visible the form of the universe in its five elements, Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Calm reigned over the unfathomable and subtle ocean. Vishnu after entering the water, waved it cautiously. The waves spread. When it happened with others, a minuscule depression formed between them. This emptiness is the Ether, invisible and intangible, the most useful of the five elements and the carrier of the invisible and intangible sensory quality of sound. Space echoed and the sound arose the second element, Air in the form of wind”.

                        

    (Zimmer, 1995, 58)