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My research is at the interface between quantum technology and fundamental physics. I am interested in the dynamics of the early universe and black holes arising of the interplay between general relativity and quantum fields. I am exploring these effects in laboratory experiments employing analogue gravity systems. My team and I are developing novel optical detection schemes for studying the dynamics of free fluid interfaces at room and ultra-cold temperatures. One led to a patent application (in review) for a High speed 3D air-fluid interface sensor with EnShape GmbH (Jena, Germany).
  • Mathematical Sciences Building, office in room C03
  • University Park
  • Nottingham
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  • UK


Employment history
Since 2020
Professor at University of Nottingham (UoN)
Since 2019
Leverhulme Trust Research Leaders Fellow at UoN
2017 - 2020
Associate Professor at UoN
Since 2013
Royal Society University Research Fellow at UoN
2013 - 2018
Nottingham Advanced Research Fellow at UoN
2013 - 2017
Proleptic Lecturer at UoN
3 months maternity leave (SISSA, Italy)
2010 - 2013
Advanced Postdoc; supervisor: Stefano Liberati at SISSA (Italy)
2007 - 2010
Postdoctoral Research Fellow; supervisor W.G. Unruh at UBC (Canada)
2003 - 2007
PhD studies at Victoria University of Wellington, (NZ), supervisor Matt Visser
2002 - 2003
Master studies at MPQ, Garching (Germany), supervisor Ignacio Cirac
1997 - 2002
Undergraduate and graduate studies in Theo. Phys. at TUM (Munich, Germany)
1996 - 1997
Undergraduate studies in Applied Physics at the FH, (Munich, Germany)
Awards and Prizes
Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award
Visiting Fellowship at the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada
Buchalter Cosmology Third Prize
Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowship at the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada
Royal Society University Research Fellowship
Vidi Fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Nottingham Advanced Research Fellowship from The University of Nottingham
Marie Curie Fellowship


Rotating curved spacetime signatures from a giant quantum vortexPatrik Švančara, Pietro Smaniotto, Leonardo Solidoro, James F. MacDonald, Sam Patrick, Ruth Gregory, Carlo F. Barenghi, Silke Weinfurtner, Nature
Vacuum entanglement probes for ultra-cold atom systemsCisco Gooding, Allison Sachs ,Robert B. Mann, Silke Weinfurtner.
Non-linear effective field theory simulators in two-fluid interfacesVitor S. Barroso, Cameron R. D. Bunney, Silke Weinfurtner, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 2531 012003 (2023)
Third sound detectors in accelerated motionCameron R. D. Bunney, Steffen Biermann, Vitor S. Barroso, August Geelmuyden, Cisco Gooding, Grégoire Ithier, Xavier Rojas, Jorma Louko, and Silke Weinfurtner
Primary thermalisation mechanism of Early Universe observed from Faraday-wave scattering on liquid-liquid interfacesVitor S. Barroso, August Geelmuyden, Zack Fifer, Sebastian Erne, Anastasios Avgoustidis, Richard J.A. Hill , Silke Weinfurtner
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
A New Semiclassical Picture of Vacuum DecayJonathan Braden, Matthew C. Johnson, Hiranya V. Peiris, Andrew Pontzen, Silke Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 031601 (2019),
Analog cosmology with two-fluid systems in a strong gradient magnetic fieldZ. Fifer, T. Torres, S. Erne, A. Avgoustidis, R. J. A. Hill, and S. Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. E 99, 0311010(R) (2019)
Mimicking inflation with 2-fluid systems in a strong gradient magnetic fieldZack Fifer, Theo Torres, Sebastian Erne, Anastasios Avgoustidis, Richard J. A. Hill, Silke Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. E 99, 031101 (2019),
Waves on a vortex: rays, rings and resonancesT. Torres, A. Coutant, S. Dolan, and S. Weinfurtner, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 857, 291-311 (2017)
Towards the cold atom analog false vacuumJonathan Braden, Matthew C. Johnson, Hiranya V. Peiris, Silke Weinfurtner, JHEP 07 (2018) 014,
Low frequency analogue Hawking radiation: The Korteweg-de Vries modelAntonin Coutant, Silke Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. D 97, 025005 (2018),
Rotational superradiant scattering in a vortex flowT.Torres, S. Patrick, A. Coutant, M. Richartz, E. Tedford, and S. Weinfurtner., Nature Phys. 13, 833 (2017)
Detecting Rotational Superradiance in Fluid LaboratoriesVitor Cardoso, Antonin Coutant, Mauricio Richartz, Silke Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 271101 (2016),
The imprint of the analogue Hawking effect in subcritical flowsAntonin Coutant, Silke Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. D 94, 064026 (2016),
On the observation of nonclassical excitations in Bose-Einstein condensatesAndreas Finke, Piyush Jain, Silke Weinfurtner, New Journal of Physics, Volume 18, November 2016,
Rotating black holes in a draining bathtub: superradiant scattering of gravity wavesMauricio Richartz, Angus Prain, Stefano Liberati, Silke Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. D 91, 124018 (2015)
Superradiant scattering of dispersive fieldsMaurício Richartz, Angus Prain, Silke Weinfurtner, Stefano Liberati, Class. Quantum Grav. 30, 085009 (2013)
Measurement of stimulated Hawking emission in an analogue systemSilke Weinfurtner, Edmund W. Tedford, Matthew C. J. Penrice, William G. Unruh, Gregory A. Lawrence, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106: 021302, 2011,
Analogue model of a FRW universe in Bose-Einstein condensates: Application of the classical field methodPiyush Jain, Silke Weinfurtner, Matt Visser, C. W. Gardiner, Phys. Rev. A 76, 033616 (2007),
Analogue spacetime based on 2-component Bose-Einstein condensatesSilke Weinfurtner, Stefano Liberati, Matt Visser, Lect. Notes Phys. 718: 115-163, 2007,
Naturalness in emergent spacetimeStefano Liberati, Matt Visser, Silke Weinfurtner, Phys.Rev.Lett. 96 (2006) 151301,
Analogue quantum gravity phenomenology from a two-component Bose-Einstein condensateStefano Liberati, Matt Visser, Silke Weinfurtner, Class.Quant.Grav. 23 (2006) 3129-3154,
Vortex geometry for the equatorial slice of the Kerr black holeMatt Visser, Silke Weinfurtner, Class.Quant.Grav. 22 (2005) 2493-2510,