Methods for detecting acceleration radiation in a bose-einstein condensate

A. Retzker*, J. I. Cirac, M. B. Plenio, B. Reznik

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We propose and study methods for detecting Unruh-like acceleration radiation effects in a Bose-Einstein condensate in a (1+1)-dimensional setup. The Bogoliubov vacuum of a Bose-Einstein condensate is used to simulate a scalar field theory, and accelerated atom dots or optical lattices serve as detectors of phonon radiation due to acceleration effects. In particular, we study the dispersive effects of the Bogoliubov spectrum on the ideal case of exact thermalization. Our results suggest that acceleration radiation effects can be observed using currently accessible experimental methods.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number110402
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 11 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


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