QSimFP presented a novel interferometric detection method applied to fluid interfaces as the NQTP Showcase in London, 2021.

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We are carrying out research in the field of gravity simulators for early universe and black hole processes. For this we have identified and developed a series of novel experiments focussing on the control, manipulation and detection of fluid and superfluid interfaces. The experimental efforts are paired with high-level modelling support to reproduce in the laboratory some of the most ill-understood processes in our Universe, and make concrete predictions, transferable to cosmology, astrophysics and fundamental physics.

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The combination of deep fundamental-science goals and cutting-edge technology puts us in a natural position to communicate to the general public the excitement and importance of fundamental research. For example, the Black Hole Laboratory in Nottingham has been filmed for the Strip of Cosmos (Discovery channel) and Black Holes - The Edge of All We Know (Netflix) science documentaries. We are currently planning a variety of novel outreach activities. Follow the link below to learn more about our outreach programme and/or to get involved.

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Recent Publications

Origin and evolution of the multiply-quantised vortex instabilitySam Patrick, August Geelmuyden, Sebastian Erne, Carlo F. Barenghi, Silke Weinfurtner
Superradiant scattering of orbital angular momentum beamsC. Gooding, S. Weinfurtner, and W. G. Unruh, Phys. Rev. Research 3, 023242 (2021)
The sound-ring radiation of expanding vortex clustersAugust Geelmuyden, Sebastian Erne, Sam Patrick, Carlo Barenghi, Silke Weinfurtner
Backreaction in an Analogue Black Hole ExperimentS, Patrick, H. Goodhew, C. Gooding and S. Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 041105 (2021)
Interferometric Unruh detectors for Bose-Einstein condensatesGooding, Cisco and Biermann, Steffen and Erne, Sebastian and Louko, Jorma and Unruh, William G. and Schmiedmayer, Joerg and Weinfurtner, Silke, Phys.Rev.Lett. 125 (2020) 21, 213603
Unruh and analogue Unruh temperatures for circular motion in 3+1 and 2+1 dimensionsBiermann, Steffen and Erne, Sebastian and Gooding, Cisco and Louko, Jorma and Schmiedmayer, Joerg and Unruh, William G. and Weinfurtner, Silke, Phys.Rev.D 102 (2020) 8, 085006
Quasinormal Mode Oscillations in an Analogue Black Hole ExperimentT. Torres, S. Patrick, M. Richartz, and S. Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 011301 (2019)
Reinventing the Zel’Dovich wheelC. Gooding, S. Weinfurtner, and W. G. Unruh, Phys. Rev. A 101, 063819 (2020)
Nonlinear Dynamics of the Cold Atom Analog False VacuumJonathan Braden, Matthew C. Johnson, Hiranya V. Peiris, Andrew Pontzen, Silke Weinfurtner, JHEP 10 (2019) 174,
Analogue Black Hole Spectroscopy; or, how to listen to dumb holesT. Torres, S. Patrick, M. Richartz, and S. Weinfurtner, Class. Quantum Grav. 36 (2019) 194002
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