Laboratory soft x-ray emission due to the Hawking-Unruh effect?

G Brodin, M Marklund, R Bingham, J Collier, R G Evans

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The structure of spacetime, quantum field theory, and thermodynamics are all connected through the concepts of the Hawking and Unruh temperatures. The possible detection of the related radiation constitutes a fundamental test of such subtle connections. Here a scheme is presented for the detection of Unruh radiation based on currently available laser systems. By separating the classical radiation from the Unruh response in frequency space, it is found that the detection of Unruh radiation is possible in terms of soft x-ray photons using current laser-electron beam technology. The experimental constraints are discussed and a proposal for an experimental design is given.
Original languageEnglish
Article number145005
Number of pages11
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2008


  • quantum gravity
  • black holes
  • evaporation
  • thermodynamics
  • gravitational field


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