Theory of a slow-light catastrophe

Ulf Leonhardt

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Abstract

In diffraction catastrophes such as the rainbow, the wave nature of light resolves ray singularities and draws delicate interference patterns. In quantum catastrophes such as the black hole, the quantum nature of light resolves wave singularities and creates characteristic quantum effects related to Hawking radiation. This paper describes the theory behind a recent proposal [U. Leonhardt, Nature (London) 415, 406 (2002)] to generate a quantum catastrophe of slow light.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043818
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
Volume65
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2002

Keywords

  • ELECTROMAGNETICALLY-INDUCED TRANSPARENCY
  • BLACK-HOLE EVAPORATION
  • GROUP-VELOCITY
  • QUANTUM STATISTICS
  • HAWKING RADIATION
  • SONIC ANALOG
  • ATOMIC GAS
  • FREQUENCIES
  • HORIZONS

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