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Quantum simulators for fundamental physics

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The dynamics of the early universe and black holes are fundamental reflections of the interplay between general relativity and quantum fields. The essential physical processes occur in situations that are difficult to observe and impossible to experiment with: when gravitational interactions are strong, quantum effects are important, and theoretical predictions for these regimes are based on major extrapolations of laboratory-tested physics.

We will discuss the possibility to study these processes in experiments by employing analogue quantum simulators – systems whose excitations behave like quantum fields in a spacetime background. Their high degree of tunability, in terms of dynamics, effective geometry, and field theoretical description, allows one to emulate a wide range of elusive physical phenomena in a controlled laboratory setting. We will discuss recent developments in this area of research related to black hole spectroscopy and the false vacuum decay.

This talk is part of the Theoretical Physics Colloquium series.

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