Tunnelling Methods and Unruh-DeWitt Detectors in Curved Spacetimes

  • Giovanni AcquavivaEmail author
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 170)


In this contribution we describe some interesting interplay between quantum theory, general relativity and thermodynamics. In order to highlight the connection between these theories, we describe two approaches that allow to calculate thermal features as perceived by different observers in curved spacetimes. the tunnelling method and the Unruh-DeWitt detector. In this context, the semi-classical tunnelling approach is applied to the issue of Hawking radiation and allows the calculation of the horizon temperature in a wide variety of scenarios. The Unruh-DeWitt model is instead a quantum field-theoretical approach that should give a more exact answer in terms of transition rates between energy levels of an idealized detector.


Black Hole Tunnelling Method Wightman Function Tunnelling Particle Trapping Horizon 
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GA would like to thank Luciano Vanzo, Sergio Zerbini and Roberto Di Criscienzo for valuable discussions and groupwork that lead to the results presented in this contribution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità degli Studi di TrentoTrentoItaly

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