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

Cosmology in the laboratory

Jul 22, 2019, 2:30 PM
Meeting room (ECT* - Villa Tambosi)

Meeting room

ECT* - Villa Tambosi

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


Ulf Leonhardt


Bekenstein and Hawking predicted that black holes are not black, but radiate due to the quantum physics of the vacuum. Fulling, Davies and Unruh predicted that an accelerated observer perceives the quantum vacuum as thermal radiation. Both effects draw tantalizing connections between general relativity, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics, and both effects have never been observed yet. The lecture shows how laboratory analogues of the event horizon and of relativistic acceleration can, literally, shed light on such and similar phenomena.

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