Analogue gravity and ultrashort laser pulse filamentation

D. Faccio, F. Belgiorno, S. Cacciatori, Matteo Clerici, V. Gorini, G. Ortenzi, L. Rizzi, E. Rubino, V. G. Sala

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Optical pulse propagation in nonlinear Kerr media finds an elegant description in terms of particular spacetime metrics. By adopting the language of general relativity and applying standard reasoning developed in the context of quantum fields in curved space-time geometries we may expect to observe effects analogous to Hawking radiation. We discuss recent advances in this field and the application of ultrashort laser pulse filaments for the production of photons by excitation of the electromagnetic quantum vacuum.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. SPIE 7728, Nonlinear Optics and Applications IV, 77280M (June 04, 2010)
EditorsBJ Eggleton, AL Gaeta, NGR Broderick
Place of PublicationBELLINGHAM
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-8201-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventConference on Nonlinear Optics and Applications IV - Brussels
Duration: 12 Apr 201015 Apr 2010


ConferenceConference on Nonlinear Optics and Applications IV


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