(keynote speaker)

Casimir and Hawking meet at the lab

In this talk, I will discuss how a free field in a flat space-time with moving boundaries can be used to study the Hawking effect. Concretely, I will show that i) this model is dual to a field enclosed in a static cavity but on an acoustic metric, ii) after a finite period of acceleration the end state of the field shows nearly thermal properties, iii) this setting could be implemented experimentally with current technology. As a final remark, we conclude that this configuration will allow us to model a bouncing black hole geometry: a spacetime that is on the verge of forming a horizon that eventually reverts the collapse and evaporates.