Vol. 14 (2011) > lrr-2011-3

doi: 10.12942/lrr-2011-3
Living Rev. Relativity 14 (2011), 3

Analogue Gravity

1 Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC), Camino Bajo de Huetor 50, 18008 Granada, Spain
2 International School for Advanced Studies and INFN, Via Beirut 2-4, 34014 Trieste, Italy
3 School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand

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Analogue gravity is a research programme which investigates analogues of general relativistic gravitational fields within other physical systems, typically but not exclusively condensed matter systems, with the aim of gaining new insights into their corresponding problems. Analogue models of (and for) gravity have a long and distinguished history dating back to the earliest years of general relativity. In this review article we will discuss the history, aims, results, and future prospects for the various analogue models. We start the discussion by presenting a particularly simple example of an analogue model, before exploring the rich history and complex tapestry of models discussed in the literature. The last decade in particular has seen a remarkable and sustained development of analogue gravity ideas, leading to some hundreds of published articles, a workshop, two books, and this review article. Future prospects for the analogue gravity programme also look promising, both on the experimental front (where technology is rapidly advancing) and on the theoretical front (where variants of analogue models can be used as a springboard for radical attacks on the problem of quantum gravity).

Keywords: Analogue gravity, Gravity, Analog models

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Article History

ORIGINAL http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2005-12
Title Analogue Gravity
Author Carlos Barceló / Stefano Liberati / Matt Visser
Date accepted 7 November 2005, published 16 December 2005
UPDATE http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2011-3
Title Analogue Gravity
Author Carlos Barceló / Stefano Liberati / Matt Visser
Date accepted 28 February 2011, published 11 May 2011
Changes Completely revised and updated previous version. Significantly extended Sections 2.4, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5, and 7. Introduced new Section 6. Eight new figures have been added. The number of references increased from 434 to 702.
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