Cavities in curved spacetimes: the response of particle detectors

Aida Ahmadzadegan*, Eduardo Martín-Martínez, Robert B. Mann

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We introduce a method to compute a particle detector transition probability in spacetime regions of general curved spacetimes provided that the curvature is not above a maximum threshold. In particular we use this method to compare the response of two detectors, one in a spherically symmetric gravitational field and the other one in Rindler spacetime to compare the Unruh and Hawking effects: we study the vacuum response of a detector freely falling through a stationary cavity in a Schwarzschild background as compared to the response of an equivalently accelerated detector traveling through an inertial cavity in the absence of curvature. We find that as we set the cavity at increasingly further radii from the black hole, the thermal radiation measured by the detector approaches the quantity recorded by the detector in Rindler background showing in which way and at what scales the equivalence principle is recovered in the Hawking-Unruh effect. i.e. when the Hawking effect in a Schwarzschild background becomes equivalent to the Unruh effect in Rindler spacetime.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024013
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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