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High Energy Theory Seminar

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
11:00am to 12:00pm
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Online and In-Person Event
Acceleration-Induced Effects in Stimulated Light-Matter Interactions
Barbara Soda, Perimeter Institute,

We show that, in addition to the Unruh effect, there exist two new phenomena that are due to acceleration in the quantum theory of the light-matter interaction. The first is the phenomenon of acceleration-induced transparency which arises since acceleration impacts not only the counter-rotating terms in the light-matter interaction (the cause of the conventional Unruh effect) but also the rotating wave terms. The second new phenomenon is that the Unruh effect can be stimulated, a phenomenon that arises since not only rotating-wave terms can be stimulated (as in conventional stimulated emission) but also counter-rotating terms. The new phenomena are potentially strong enough to be experimentally observable. Finally, I will discuss the fact that both the stimulated Unruh effect and the acceleration-induced transparency should have gravitational analogues, namely the stimulated Hawking effect and the gravitationally induced transparency.

The talk is in 469 Lauritsen.

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