Fibre-optical black holes
Black holes can be understood in a simple picture: Imagine a river flowing towards a waterfall with ever increasing flow speed. Also imagine fishes in the river swimming upstream. At some position in the river the maximum speed of the fish will equal the flow speed and all fish beyond that "point of no return" will be flushed into the waterfall. Here the flow speed corresponds to the gravity of a black hole and the point of no return to the event horizon.
Arguably the most facinating aspects of astronomical black holes is the emission of Hawking radiation from the event horizon, an intriguing quantum effect combining gravity, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics.
Unfortunately, the astrophysical Hawking radiation is far too weak to ever being detected directly. Recently, however, we have invented a method to create moving artificial event horizons with short pulses in optical fibers. Moreover, the expected Hawking radiation is strong enough to be detectable with single photon coincindence counting.
|Dr. Susanne Kehr|
| ||Transformation optics, Fibre-optical black holes, Perfect Imaging, , Few-cycle Pulses in Fibres, 'Cherenkov' Radiation||Quantum Optics Group|| ||Tel: +44 (0)1334 463127|
|Dr. Friedrich Koenig|
| ||Fibre-optical black holes, , Few-cycle Pulses in Fibres, 'Cherenkov' Radiation, Non-linear Fibre Optics||Quantum Optics Group|| ||Tel: 01334 463128|
|Prof. Ulf Leonhardt|
| ||Casimir forces, Transformation optics, Fibre-optical black holes, Invisibility, Electromagnetically induced invisibility, Perfect Imaging||Quantum Optics Group|| ||Tel: 01334 46(3115)|
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