Penrose process

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Penrose process

[′pen‚rōz ‚prä·səs]
(relativity)
A hypothetical means of extracting energy from a rotating black hole in which a particle spirals into the ergosphere of the black hole in a direction opposite to the black hole's rotation and then breaks up into two fragments, one of which escapes with an energy greater than the energy of the original particle.