Cosmology analogues in optical systems

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Abstract

We discuss the possibility of exploiting polariton-exciton physics as an analogue experimental tool to study challenging ideas and existing problems arising in the context of gravity theory and theoretical cosmology. We search for cosmology analogues with specific focus on simulating non-equilibrium dynamics across cosmological phase transitions in laboratory as well as employing optical analogue horizons in Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) and signatures of white hole radiation to study gravitational and cosmological processes. Our analysis aims to uncover conceptual similarities between condensed matter systems and various phenomena in the Early Universe such as the symmetry breaking of the vacuum energy, spontaneous production of particles, false vacuum and cosmic inflation together with a number of unsolved cosmological problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEOSAM 2020
Subtitle of host publicationThe 2020 European Optical Society Annual meeting
EditorsH. Michinel, M. F. Costa, O. Frazao
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2020
Event2020 European Optical Society Annual meeting - Online
Duration: 7 Sep 202011 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameEPJ Web of conferences
PublisherEDP Sciences
Volume238
ISSN (Print)2100-014X

Conference

Conference2020 European Optical Society Annual meeting
Period7/09/2011/09/20

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Keywords

  • cosmology analogue

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    Howard, E. (2020). Cosmology analogues in optical systems. In H. Michinel, M. F. Costa, & O. Frazao (Eds.), EOSAM 2020: The 2020 European Optical Society Annual meeting [11008] (EPJ Web of conferences; Vol. 238). EDP Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/202023811008