Jul 22 – 25, 2019
ECT* - Villa Tambosi
Europe/Rome timezone
Abstracts submission open. Posters do not require abstract submission.

Testing tunnelling with gravity: quantum simulators

Jul 25, 2019, 10:00 AM
Meeting room (ECT* - Villa Tambosi)

Meeting room

ECT* - Villa Tambosi

Strada delle Tabarelle, 286 38123 - Villazzano (TN) Italy


Ian Moss (Newcastle University)


This is the second of three talks exploring the feasibility building a quantum simulator for testing vacuum decay.

I will describe some of the basic features that a BEC system would need in order to simulate cosmological vacuum decays in the laboratory. These include Klein-Gordon like behaviour and a ground state structure with metastable phases. Up to now, the proposals have suffered from a parametric growth of instabilities. I will indicate a way forward, and outline how the theory of bubble nucleation can be adapted to BEC's at zero and slightly non-zero temperature.

Primary authors

Ian Moss (Newcastle University) Dr Florent Michel (Durham University) Ruth Gregory (Durham University)

Presentation materials