Over the past decade it has become clear that one can, in analog systems, test Hawking's predition from 1974 that black holes have a temperature created by the properties of the metric near the horizon. These analogs (dumb holes) can be based on a variety of waves in matter-- sound waves in a fluid, surface gravity waves in a fluid, light in medium are just some examples-- and experiments are being carried out which give strong evidence that Hawking's arguments, despite their physical problems, are correct in the real world, and thus are also correct for true black holes. This is the subject of this talk
Speaker: Professor William G. Unruh, The University of British Columbia, Canada.
Date: 28 October 2016
Venue: GO Jones LT
Refreshments will be served after the event at the GO Jones building's foyer