1-5 July 2019
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Metric Optical Geometry and Beyond

5 Jul 2019, 10:40
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw

Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw

conference hall 0.03, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw ul. Pasteura 5, 02-093 Warszawa Poland


Prof. Marcus Werner (YITP, Kyoto University)


Optical geometry is a spatial formalism for light propagation in Lorentzian spacetimes. This provides a geometrically interesting and useful framework for gravitational lensing, which is usually treated in terms of the quasi-Euclidean standard approximation instead. In this talk, I will first consider Riemannian optical geometry, and review basic results as well as recent work using the Gauss-Bonnet theorem and curve-shortening flow. In particular, the first isoperimetric inequality in this context will be presented. Then going beyond metric geometry, I will consider possible extensions to Randers-Finsler optical geometry, which arises for stationary spacetimes, and show a connection with the magnetoelectric effect. Finally, a framework for optics in non-metric spacetimes will be discussed.

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