15-20 June 2014
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne
America/Toronto timezone
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Unruh-Dewitt detectors and AdS Black Holes

18 Jun 2014, 09:00
C-114 (Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne)


Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Sudbury, Ontario
Oral (Student, In Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Theoretical Physics / Physique théorique (DTP-DPT) (W1-4) Fields and Strings - DTP / Champs et cordes - DPT


Keith Ng (University of Waterloo)


It is well-known that black holes emit Hawking radiation, which has a characteristic temperature; observers outside the black hole observe the emission of particles. We consider a conformally coupled scalar field around a black hole in an asymptotically AdS spacetime. By using a simple model of a particle detector, we can probe the spectral features of this radiation. We calculate the response of the detector with respect to its energy gap. Numerical simulations show that the radiation, while thermal, is not featureless; there are characteristic peaks at certain frequencies. We then provide evidence that these peaks are due to quasinormal resonances.

Primary author

Keith Ng (University of Waterloo)


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