Metric Signature Transitions in Optical Metamaterials
Date of this Version8-2010
Metric Signature Transitions in Optical Metamaterials Igor I. Smolyaninov and Evgenii E. Narimanov Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 067402 – Published 2 August 2010
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We demonstrate that the extraordinary waves in indefinite metamaterials experience an (- - + +) effective metric signature. During a metric signature change transition in such a metamaterial, a Minkowski space-time is created together with a large number of particles populating the space-time. Such metamaterial models provide a tabletop realization of metric signature change events suggested to occur in Bose-Einstein condensates and quantum gravity theories.
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