Metamaterials have been already used to model various exotic "optical spaces". Here we demonstrate that mapping of monochromatic extraordinary light distribution in a hyperbolic metamaterial along some spatial direction may model the "flow of time". This idea is illustrated in experiments performed with plasmonic hyperbolic metamaterials. Appearance of the "statistical arrow of time" is examined in an experimental scenario which emulates a Big Bang-like event.
Journal of the Optical Society of America B Optical Physics
- Pub Date:
- July 2011
- Physics - Optics;
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
- 15 pages, 4 figures, this version is accepted for publication in JOSA B