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Analogue spacetimes

Matt Visser
School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Operations Research, Victoria University of Wellington


Analogue spacetimes, (as opposed to general relativity spacetimes), arise when applying the mathematics of differential geometry to generic physical systems.As long as the perturbations have finite propagation speed, then the causal structure can be summarized by propagation cones, similar to the light cones of general relativity; thereby defining a conformal structure. Often one can go further and define an analogue Lorentzian metric. Sometimes these techniques can be used to gain a clearer understanding of general relativity.Sometimes the logic flows the other way --- and then the tools of general relativity can be used to gain insight into radically different physical systems.

2017 September 28, 14:00

Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa (Seminar room)
Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-018 Lisboa

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia