Fiber-Optical Analog of the Event Horizon

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Science  07 Mar 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5868, pp. 1367-1370
DOI: 10.1126/science.1153625

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The physics at the event horizon resembles the behavior of waves in moving media. Horizons are formed where the local speed of the medium exceeds the wave velocity. We used ultrashort pulses in microstructured optical fibers to demonstrate the formation of an artificial event horizon in optics. We observed a classical optical effect: the blue-shifting of light at a white-hole horizon. We also showed by theoretical calculations that such a system is capable of probing the quantum effects of horizons, in particular Hawking radiation.

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