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IQSE AMO/QO Physics Seminar

"Quest for a Direct Observation of the Unruh Effect with Classical Electrodynamics"

Dr. André G. S. Landulfo
Federal University of ABC


The Unruh effect (the fact that a uniformly accelerated observer with proper acceleration a in the Minkowski vacuum sees a thermal bath of particles at a temperature proportional to its proper acceleration) is essential to keep the consistency of quantum field theory in inertial and uniformly accelerated frames. Thus, the Unruh effect can be rigorously considered as well tested as free quantum field theory itself. In spite of it, it would be nice to provide experimental evidence of its existence. This is not easy because the linear acceleration needed to reach a temperature 1 K is of order1020m/s2. Here, we propose a simple experiment reachable under present technology whose result may be directly interpreted in terms of the Unruh thermal bath. Instead of waiting for experimentalists to perform it, we use standard classical electrodynamics to anticipate its output and fulfill our goal.

February 20, 2018
IQSE Seminar Room, 12:00 Noon
(578 MPHY)

Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

Lunch (sandwich) will be served 15 minutes to prior start time