Mimicking Celestial Mechanics in Metamaterials
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY NANOSCALE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CENTER
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Einstein s general theory of relativity establishes equality between matter--energy density and the curvature of spacetime. As a result, light and matter follow natural paths in the inherent spacetime and may experience bending and trapping in a specific region of space. So far, the interaction of light and matter with curved spacetime has been predominantly studied theoretically and through astronomical observations. Here, we propose to link the newly emerged field of artificial optical materials to that of celestial mechanics, thus opening the way to investigate light phenomena reminiscent of orbital motion, strange attractors and chaos, in a controlled laboratory environment. The optical mechanical analogy enables direct studies of critical lightmatter behaviour around massive celestial bodies and, on the other hand, points towards the design of novel optical cavities and photon traps for application in microscopic devices and laser systems.
- Miscellaneous Materials
- Electricity and Magnetism