Lecture Notes in Physics

Analogue Gravity Phenomenology

Analogue Spacetimes and Horizons, from Theory to Experiment

Editors: Faccio, D., Belgiorno, F., Cacciatori, S., Gorini, V., Liberati, S., Moschella, U. (Eds.)

  • Describes the first experimental results in the study of analogues to gravity in the laboratory
  • Covers all the major approaches for constructive analogies that have been contrived to date
  • Explains, relates, and integrates the different ways in which the metrical nature of the universe is reflected in laboratory materials and systems
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Analogue Gravity Phenomenology is a collection of contributions that cover a vast range of areas in physics, ranging from surface wave propagation in fluids to nonlinear optics. The underlying common aspect of all these topics, and hence the main focus and perspective from which they are explained here, is the attempt to develop analogue models for gravitational systems. The original and main motivation of the field is the verification and study of Hawking radiation from a horizon: the enabling feature is the possibility to generate horizons in the laboratory with a wide range of physical systems that involve a flow of one kind or another. The years around 2010 and onwards witnessed a sudden surge of experimental activity in this expanding field of research. However, building an expertise in analogue gravity requires the researcher to be equipped with a rather broad range of knowledge and interests. The aim of this book is to bring the reader up to date with the latest developments and provide the basic background required in order to appreciate the goals, difficulties, and success stories in the field of analogue gravity.

Each chapter of the book treats a different topic explained in detail by the major experts for each specific discipline. The first chapters give an overview of black hole spacetimes and Hawking radiation before moving on to describe the large variety of analogue spacetimes that have been proposed and are currently under investigation. This introductory part is then followed by an in-depth description of what are currently the three most promising analogue spacetime settings, namely surface waves in flowing fluids, acoustic oscillations in Bose-Einstein condensates and electromagnetic waves in nonlinear optics. Both theory and experimental endeavours are explained in detail. The final chapters refer to other aspects of analogue gravity beyond the study of Hawking radiation, such as Lorentz invariance violations and Brownian motion in curved spacetimes, before concluding with a return to the origins of the field and a description of the available observational evidence for horizons in astrophysical black holes.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Black Holes and Hawking Radiation in Spacetime and Its Analogues

    Jacobson, Ted

    Pages 1-29

  • Survey of Analogue Spacetimes

    Visser, Matt

    Pages 31-50

  • Cosmological Particle Creation in the Lab?

    Sch├╝tzhold, Ralf (et al.)

    Pages 51-61

  • Irrotational, Two-Dimensional Surface Waves in Fluids

    Unruh, William G.

    Pages 63-80

  • The Basics of Water Waves Theory for Analogue Gravity

    Rousseaux, Germain

    Pages 81-107

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Analogue Gravity Phenomenology
Book Subtitle
Analogue Spacetimes and Horizons, from Theory to Experiment
Editors
  • Daniele Faccio
  • Francesco Belgiorno
  • Sergio Cacciatori
  • Vittorio Gorini
  • Stefano Liberati
  • Ugo Moschella
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
870
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00266-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00266-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-00265-1
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 439
Number of Illustrations and Tables
29 b/w illustrations, 95 illustrations in colour
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