Abstract

Extraordinary light rays propagating inside a hyperbolic metamaterial look similar to particle world lines in a 2 + 1 dimensional Minkowski spacetime. Magnetic nanoparticles in a ferrofluid are known to form nanocolumns aligned along the magnetic field, so that a hyperbolic metamaterial may be formed at large enough nanoparticle concentration nH. Here we investigate optical properties of such a metamaterial just below nH. While on average such a metamaterial is elliptical, thermal fluctuations of nanoparticle concentration lead to transient formation of hyperbolic regions (3D Minkowski spacetimes) inside this metamaterial. Thus, thermal fluctuations in a ferrofluid look similar to creation and disappearance of individual Minkowski spacetimes (universes) in the cosmological multiverse. This theoretical picture is supported by experimental measurements of polarization-dependent optical transmission of a cobalt based ferrofluid at 1500 nm.

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I. I. Smolyaninov and Y. J. Hung, “Minkowski domain walls in hyperbolic metamaterials,” Phys. Lett. A377(5), 353–356 (2013).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Quantum electromagnetic “black holes” in a strong magnetic field,” J. Phys. G Nucl. Part. Phys.40(1), 015005 (2013).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov and A. V. Kildishev, “Light propagation through random hyperbolic media,” Opt. Lett.38(6), 971–973 (2013).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2012 (2)

I. I. Smolyaninov, E. Hwang, and E. E. Narimanov, “Hyperbolic metamaterial interfaces: Hawking radiation from Rindler horizons and spacetime signature transitions,” Phys. Rev. B85(23), 235122 (2012).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Planck-scale physics of vacuum in a strong magnetic field,” Phys. Rev. D Part. Fields Gravit. Cosmol.85(11), 114013 (2012).
[CrossRef]

2011 (6)

I. I. Smolyaninov and E. E. Narimanov, “Metric signature transitions in optical metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(6), 067402 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Vacuum in a strong magnetic field as a hyperbolic metamaterial,” Phys. Rev. Lett.107(25), 253903 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Tumkur, G. Zhu, P. Black, Yu. A. Barnakov, C. E. Bonner, and M. A. Noginov, “Control of spontaneous emission in a volume of functionalized hyperbolic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett.99(15), 151115 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Metamaterial-based model of the Alcubierre warp drive,” Phys. Rev. B84(11), 113103 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov and Y. J. Hung, “Modeling of time with metamaterials,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B28(7), 1591–1595 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Critical opalescence in hyperbolic metamaterials,” J. Opt.13(12), 125101 (2011).
[CrossRef]

2010 (3)

T. G. Mackay and A. Lakhtakia, “Towards a metamaterial simulation of a spinning cosmic string,” Phys. Lett. A374(23), 2305–2308 (2010).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Metamaterial “Multiverse”,” J. Opt.13(2), 024004 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Y. Gao, J. P. Huang, Y. M. Liu, L. Gao, K. W. Yu, and X. Zhang, “Optical negative refraction in ferrofluids with magnetocontrollability,” Phys. Rev. Lett.104(3), 034501 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2009 (2)

D. A. Genov, S. Zhang, and X. Zhang, “Mimicking celestial mechanics in metamaterials,” Nat. Phys.5(9), 687–692 (2009).
[CrossRef]

E. E. Narimanov and A. V. Kildishev, “Optical black hole: Broadband omnidirectional light absorber,” Appl. Phys. Lett.95(4), 041106 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2007 (1)

A. Greenleaf, Y. Kurylev, M. Lassas, and G. Uhlmann, “Electromagnetic wormholes and virtual magnetic monopoles from metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.99(18), 183901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006 (1)

Barnakov, Yu. A.

T. Tumkur, G. Zhu, P. Black, Yu. A. Barnakov, C. E. Bonner, and M. A. Noginov, “Control of spontaneous emission in a volume of functionalized hyperbolic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett.99(15), 151115 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Black, P.

T. Tumkur, G. Zhu, P. Black, Yu. A. Barnakov, C. E. Bonner, and M. A. Noginov, “Control of spontaneous emission in a volume of functionalized hyperbolic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett.99(15), 151115 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Bonner, C. E.

T. Tumkur, G. Zhu, P. Black, Yu. A. Barnakov, C. E. Bonner, and M. A. Noginov, “Control of spontaneous emission in a volume of functionalized hyperbolic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett.99(15), 151115 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Elser, J.

Gao, L.

Y. Gao, J. P. Huang, Y. M. Liu, L. Gao, K. W. Yu, and X. Zhang, “Optical negative refraction in ferrofluids with magnetocontrollability,” Phys. Rev. Lett.104(3), 034501 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gao, Y.

Y. Gao, J. P. Huang, Y. M. Liu, L. Gao, K. W. Yu, and X. Zhang, “Optical negative refraction in ferrofluids with magnetocontrollability,” Phys. Rev. Lett.104(3), 034501 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Genov, D. A.

D. A. Genov, S. Zhang, and X. Zhang, “Mimicking celestial mechanics in metamaterials,” Nat. Phys.5(9), 687–692 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Greenleaf, A.

A. Greenleaf, Y. Kurylev, M. Lassas, and G. Uhlmann, “Electromagnetic wormholes and virtual magnetic monopoles from metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.99(18), 183901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Huang, J. P.

Y. Gao, J. P. Huang, Y. M. Liu, L. Gao, K. W. Yu, and X. Zhang, “Optical negative refraction in ferrofluids with magnetocontrollability,” Phys. Rev. Lett.104(3), 034501 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hung, Y. J.

I. I. Smolyaninov and Y. J. Hung, “Minkowski domain walls in hyperbolic metamaterials,” Phys. Lett. A377(5), 353–356 (2013).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov and Y. J. Hung, “Modeling of time with metamaterials,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B28(7), 1591–1595 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Hwang, E.

I. I. Smolyaninov, E. Hwang, and E. E. Narimanov, “Hyperbolic metamaterial interfaces: Hawking radiation from Rindler horizons and spacetime signature transitions,” Phys. Rev. B85(23), 235122 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Kildishev, A. V.

I. I. Smolyaninov and A. V. Kildishev, “Light propagation through random hyperbolic media,” Opt. Lett.38(6), 971–973 (2013).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. E. Narimanov and A. V. Kildishev, “Optical black hole: Broadband omnidirectional light absorber,” Appl. Phys. Lett.95(4), 041106 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Kurylev, Y.

A. Greenleaf, Y. Kurylev, M. Lassas, and G. Uhlmann, “Electromagnetic wormholes and virtual magnetic monopoles from metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.99(18), 183901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lakhtakia, A.

T. G. Mackay and A. Lakhtakia, “Towards a metamaterial simulation of a spinning cosmic string,” Phys. Lett. A374(23), 2305–2308 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Lassas, M.

A. Greenleaf, Y. Kurylev, M. Lassas, and G. Uhlmann, “Electromagnetic wormholes and virtual magnetic monopoles from metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.99(18), 183901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Liu, Y. M.

Y. Gao, J. P. Huang, Y. M. Liu, L. Gao, K. W. Yu, and X. Zhang, “Optical negative refraction in ferrofluids with magnetocontrollability,” Phys. Rev. Lett.104(3), 034501 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mackay, T. G.

T. G. Mackay and A. Lakhtakia, “Towards a metamaterial simulation of a spinning cosmic string,” Phys. Lett. A374(23), 2305–2308 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Narimanov, E. E.

I. I. Smolyaninov, E. Hwang, and E. E. Narimanov, “Hyperbolic metamaterial interfaces: Hawking radiation from Rindler horizons and spacetime signature transitions,” Phys. Rev. B85(23), 235122 (2012).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov and E. E. Narimanov, “Metric signature transitions in optical metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(6), 067402 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. E. Narimanov and A. V. Kildishev, “Optical black hole: Broadband omnidirectional light absorber,” Appl. Phys. Lett.95(4), 041106 (2009).
[CrossRef]

R. Wangberg, J. Elser, E. E. Narimanov, and V. A. Podolskiy, “Nonmagnetic nanocomposites for optical and infrared negative-refractive-index media,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B23(3), 498–505 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Noginov, M. A.

T. Tumkur, G. Zhu, P. Black, Yu. A. Barnakov, C. E. Bonner, and M. A. Noginov, “Control of spontaneous emission in a volume of functionalized hyperbolic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett.99(15), 151115 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Podolskiy, V. A.

Smolyaninov, I. I.

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Quantum electromagnetic “black holes” in a strong magnetic field,” J. Phys. G Nucl. Part. Phys.40(1), 015005 (2013).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov and Y. J. Hung, “Minkowski domain walls in hyperbolic metamaterials,” Phys. Lett. A377(5), 353–356 (2013).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov and A. V. Kildishev, “Light propagation through random hyperbolic media,” Opt. Lett.38(6), 971–973 (2013).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Planck-scale physics of vacuum in a strong magnetic field,” Phys. Rev. D Part. Fields Gravit. Cosmol.85(11), 114013 (2012).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, E. Hwang, and E. E. Narimanov, “Hyperbolic metamaterial interfaces: Hawking radiation from Rindler horizons and spacetime signature transitions,” Phys. Rev. B85(23), 235122 (2012).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov and E. E. Narimanov, “Metric signature transitions in optical metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(6), 067402 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Vacuum in a strong magnetic field as a hyperbolic metamaterial,” Phys. Rev. Lett.107(25), 253903 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. I. Smolyaninov and Y. J. Hung, “Modeling of time with metamaterials,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B28(7), 1591–1595 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Metamaterial-based model of the Alcubierre warp drive,” Phys. Rev. B84(11), 113103 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Critical opalescence in hyperbolic metamaterials,” J. Opt.13(12), 125101 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Metamaterial “Multiverse”,” J. Opt.13(2), 024004 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Tumkur, T.

T. Tumkur, G. Zhu, P. Black, Yu. A. Barnakov, C. E. Bonner, and M. A. Noginov, “Control of spontaneous emission in a volume of functionalized hyperbolic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett.99(15), 151115 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Uhlmann, G.

A. Greenleaf, Y. Kurylev, M. Lassas, and G. Uhlmann, “Electromagnetic wormholes and virtual magnetic monopoles from metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.99(18), 183901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wangberg, R.

Yu, K. W.

Y. Gao, J. P. Huang, Y. M. Liu, L. Gao, K. W. Yu, and X. Zhang, “Optical negative refraction in ferrofluids with magnetocontrollability,” Phys. Rev. Lett.104(3), 034501 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Zhang, S.

D. A. Genov, S. Zhang, and X. Zhang, “Mimicking celestial mechanics in metamaterials,” Nat. Phys.5(9), 687–692 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, X.

Y. Gao, J. P. Huang, Y. M. Liu, L. Gao, K. W. Yu, and X. Zhang, “Optical negative refraction in ferrofluids with magnetocontrollability,” Phys. Rev. Lett.104(3), 034501 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. A. Genov, S. Zhang, and X. Zhang, “Mimicking celestial mechanics in metamaterials,” Nat. Phys.5(9), 687–692 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Zhu, G.

T. Tumkur, G. Zhu, P. Black, Yu. A. Barnakov, C. E. Bonner, and M. A. Noginov, “Control of spontaneous emission in a volume of functionalized hyperbolic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett.99(15), 151115 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

E. E. Narimanov and A. V. Kildishev, “Optical black hole: Broadband omnidirectional light absorber,” Appl. Phys. Lett.95(4), 041106 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. Tumkur, G. Zhu, P. Black, Yu. A. Barnakov, C. E. Bonner, and M. A. Noginov, “Control of spontaneous emission in a volume of functionalized hyperbolic metamaterial,” Appl. Phys. Lett.99(15), 151115 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. (2)

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Critical opalescence in hyperbolic metamaterials,” J. Opt.13(12), 125101 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Metamaterial “Multiverse”,” J. Opt.13(2), 024004 (2010).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

J. Phys. G Nucl. Part. Phys. (1)

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Quantum electromagnetic “black holes” in a strong magnetic field,” J. Phys. G Nucl. Part. Phys.40(1), 015005 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Phys. (1)

D. A. Genov, S. Zhang, and X. Zhang, “Mimicking celestial mechanics in metamaterials,” Nat. Phys.5(9), 687–692 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Phys. Lett. A (2)

T. G. Mackay and A. Lakhtakia, “Towards a metamaterial simulation of a spinning cosmic string,” Phys. Lett. A374(23), 2305–2308 (2010).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov and Y. J. Hung, “Minkowski domain walls in hyperbolic metamaterials,” Phys. Lett. A377(5), 353–356 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. B (2)

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Metamaterial-based model of the Alcubierre warp drive,” Phys. Rev. B84(11), 113103 (2011).
[CrossRef]

I. I. Smolyaninov, E. Hwang, and E. E. Narimanov, “Hyperbolic metamaterial interfaces: Hawking radiation from Rindler horizons and spacetime signature transitions,” Phys. Rev. B85(23), 235122 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. D Part. Fields Gravit. Cosmol. (1)

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Planck-scale physics of vacuum in a strong magnetic field,” Phys. Rev. D Part. Fields Gravit. Cosmol.85(11), 114013 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (4)

I. I. Smolyaninov, “Vacuum in a strong magnetic field as a hyperbolic metamaterial,” Phys. Rev. Lett.107(25), 253903 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. I. Smolyaninov and E. E. Narimanov, “Metric signature transitions in optical metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.105(6), 067402 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Gao, J. P. Huang, Y. M. Liu, L. Gao, K. W. Yu, and X. Zhang, “Optical negative refraction in ferrofluids with magnetocontrollability,” Phys. Rev. Lett.104(3), 034501 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Greenleaf, Y. Kurylev, M. Lassas, and G. Uhlmann, “Electromagnetic wormholes and virtual magnetic monopoles from metamaterials,” Phys. Rev. Lett.99(18), 183901 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (3)

M. Tegmark, “Parallel Universes”. In “Science and Ultimate Reality: from Quantum to Cosmos,” honoring John Wheeler's 90th birthday. J. D. Barrow, P.C.W. Davies, & C.L. Harper eds. Cambridge University Press (2003).

L. D. Landau, E. M. Lifshitz, and L. P. Pitaevskii, Course of Theoretical Physics (Reed, 1984). Vol. 5.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, D. R. Lide eds. (CRC Press, 2005).

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