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The next generation of analogue gravity experiments

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Dr Maxime Jacquet, Dr Silke Weinfurtner and Dr Friedrich König.

Vortex in a water flow. Copyright Alex Wilkinson Media

The discussion meeting brings together scientists who reproduce effects of the interplay between general relativity and quantum physics in the laboratory. From the foundational ideas of the research programme to its latest experimental breakthroughs and their philosophical implications, participants will discuss the present state of the field and possible routes to the future.

More information on the speakers and programme will be available soon. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17.00 on Monday 9 December. If you would like to apply to present a poster, please submit your title, your abstract (no more than 200 words and in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and authors' institutions to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Thursday 14 November 2019. Please include the text 'Poster abstract submission' and the meeting title in the subject heading. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the proposed presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advance registration essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

09 December

Session 1 09:00-12:30

Moving horizons

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Chairs

Associate Professor Almut Beige, University of Leeds, UK

09:00-09:30 Experimental implementation of an optical black-hole laser

Dr David Bermudez, Cinvestav, Mexico

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Light at the horizon: optical experiments with black holes made of light

Yuval Rosenberg, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 Superconducting circuit analogues of Hawking radiation and the dynamical Casimir and Unruh effects

Professor Miles Blencowe, Dartmouth College, USA

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Optical experiments for analogue gravity

Jack Petty, University of St Andrews, UK

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Session 2 13:30-17:00

Atomic analogues

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Chairs

Dr David Bermudez, Cinvestav, Mexico

13:30-14:00 Simulating false vacuum decay in cold atom BECs

Dr Jonathan Braden, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Canada

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Trapped atoms and cosmic analogues

Dr Ian B Spielman, JQI: NIST and University of Maryland, USA

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-16:00 Ion-trap analogue of particle creation in cosmology

Professor Tobias Schaetz, University of Freiburg, Germany

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-17:00 Panel discussion led by Professor Ian Walmsley FRS

Professor Ian Walmsley FRS, Imperial College London, UK

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17:00-18:00

Poster session

10 December

Session 3 09:00-13:30

Rotating geometries

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Chairs

Dr Maria Chiara Braidotti, University of Glasgow, UK

09:00-09:30 Superradiance, geodesics and quasi-normal modes of rotating black holes in vortex flows

Theo Torres, University of Nottingham, UK

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Quantum fluids of light for simulating rotating black holes

Professor Elisabeth Giacobino, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, France

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:30 Wave amplification in rotating spacetimes

Professor Daniele Faccio, University of Glasgow, UK

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Back-reaction in rotating black hole vortex flows

Dr Cisco Gooding, University of Nottingham, UK

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Session 4 13:30-17:00

Beyond the horizon

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Chairs

Professor Miles Blencowe, Dartmouth College, USA

13:30-14:00 A status report on analogue gravity experiments in Poitiers AND a brand new system for analogue gravity

Dr Germain Rousseaux, CNRS, Institut Pprime, France

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Cosmology in the laboratory

Professor Ulf Leonhardt, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-16:00 On the limits of experimental confirmation

Dr Karim Thébault, University of Bristol, UK

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-17:00 Panel discussion led by Professor William G Unruh FRS

Professor William G Unruh FRS, University of British Columbia, Canada and Texas A&M University, USA

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The next generation of analogue gravity experiments

9 - 10 December 2019

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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