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Phys Rev Lett. 2002 Feb 11;88(6):061101. Epub 2002 Jan 29.

Dielectric black hole analogs.

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  • 1Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


As an alternative to the sonic black hole analogs we discuss a different scenario for modeling the Schwarzschild geometry in a laboratory--the dielectric black hole. The dielectric analog of the horizon occurs if the velocity of a medium with a finite permittivity exceeds the speed of light in that medium. The relevance for experimental tests of the Hawking effect and possible implications are addressed.

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