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Living Reviews in Relativity

, 8:12

First Online: 16 December 2005Accepted: 07 November 2005


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.

A revised version of this article is available at10.12942-lrr-2011-3.

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Author: Carlos Barceló - Stefano Liberati - Matt Visser



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