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Quantum vacuum emission from a moving refractive index front
Author(s): M. Jacquet; F. König
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the spontaneous emission of light from the quantum vacuum in a dispersive dielectric at a moving Refractive Index Front (RIF). Our aim is to develop further an existing analytical model to fully characterize the emission and calculate its spectrum in different configurations. We show in which conditions the RIF acts as a point of non-return, an artificial black hole event horizon, for modes of the field. We calculate the spectrum of this emission and the number of photons emitted from the vacuum in the unique escaping mode as a function of the RIF height and velocity in the medium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9615, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIII, 96150G (1 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187987
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M. Jacquet, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
F. König, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9615:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XIII
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih; Keith S. Deacon, Editor(s)

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