Event date:
Mar 10 2022 6:00 pm

Acceleration, Relativity and Temperature (ART)

Prof. Viqar Husain, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of New Brunswick, Canada
SBASSE 10-302

Acceleration, Relativity and Temperature (ART)

Combining general relativity with quantum mechanics suggests a deep relationship between acceleration and the black body spectrum. This is manifested in the famous Hawking and Unruh effects. The first arises in the curved spacetime of a point mass, and the second in an accelerated reference frame in flat spacetime. There is  an entirely classical view of this connection that comes from asking how a  light wave appears to an accelerated observer. This requires only special relativity and the Fourier transform. I'll give a pedagogical account of this perspective, and mention some new developments.

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