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The Unruh effect and its applications

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JournalReviews of Modern Physics
DatePublished - 1 Jul 2008
Issue number3
Volume80
Number of pages52
Pages (from-to)787-838
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

It has been 30 years since the discovery of the Unruh effect. It has played a crucial role in our understanding that the particle content of a field theory is observer dependent. This effect is important in its own right and as a way to understand the phenomenon of particle emission from black holes and cosmological horizons. The Unruh effect is reviewed here with particular emphasis on its applications. A number of recent developments are also commented on and some controversies are discussed. Effort is also made to clarify what seem to be common misconceptions.

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  • QUANTUM FIELD-THEORY, BLACK-HOLE EVAPORATION, RADIATIVE ELECTRON POLARIZATION, ACCELERATED PARTICLE DETECTORS, ENERGY-MOMENTUM TENSOR, ZERO-POINT RADIATION, GENERALIZED 2ND LAW, QUASI-FREE STATES, SPACE-TIMES, THERMAL-RADIATION

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