Optical triangulations of curved spaces

Georgantzis Garcia, D., Chaplain, G. J., Belin, J. , Tyc, T., Englert, C. and Courtial, J. (2020) Optical triangulations of curved spaces. Optica, 7(2), pp. 142-147. (doi: 10.1364/OPTICA.378357)

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Not only do curved spaces fascinate scientists and non-scientists, but they are also at the heart of general relativity and modern theories of quantum gravity. Optical systems can provide models for the wave and quantum behavior of curved spaces. Here we show how to construct optical systems that simulate triangulations of 3D curved spaces, for example, the curved 3D surface of a 4D hypersphere. Our work offers a new approach to the optical simulation of curved spaces, and has the potential to lead to new ways of thinking about physics in curved spaces and simulating otherwise inaccessible phenomena in non-Euclidean geometries.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Courtial, Dr Johannes and Englert, Professor Christoph and Belin, Mr Jakub
Authors: Georgantzis Garcia, D., Chaplain, G. J., Belin, J., Tyc, T., Englert, C., and Courtial, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Optica
Publisher:The Optical Society
ISSN (Online):2334-2536
Published Online:03 February 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Optical Society of America
First Published:First published in 7(2):142-147
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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