Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, and public outreach events using video cameras installed in our lecture theatres. Perimeter now has 7 formal presentation spaces for its many scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and educational outreach activities, all with advanced audio-visual technical capabilities. Recordings of events in these areas are all available On-Demand from this Video Library and on Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (PIRSA). PIRSA is a permanent, free, searchable, and citable archive of recorded seminars from relevant bodies in physics. This resource has been partially modelled after Cornell University's arXiv.org.
Introduction to Einstein's famous rotating disk thought experiment, which he used to help him understand the true nature of gravity.
Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding that an observer placed at the edge of a rotating disk (or inside a rotating cylinder) experiences an artificial gravitational field related to his centripetal acceleration.
• Appreciating the ways in which this artificial gravitational field exactly mimics the real gravitational field we experience near the Earth's surface.
Analyzing the artificial gravitational field inside a rotating cylinder to discover hints about the nature of real gravitational fields.
Learning Outcomes:
• How to compare relativistic effects of an accelerated observer who is inside the rotating cylinder to observers at rest in the inertial reference frame outside the rotating cylinder.
• Understanding that the relative time dilation effect decreases as the rotating observer moves toward the axis of rotation, and how this suggests that a real gravitational field might warp time.
The spacetime diagram of a rotating Bob is analyzed, leading us to conclude that his spatial geometry is curved.
Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding the physical effects of the rotation on the rotating observers, metal panels of the cylinder and so forth.
• Understanding the properties of a rotating cylinder using a spacetime diagram.
• Understanding curved spaces: The negatively curved space of a rotating observer and the positively curved space representing the real gravitational field of the Sun.
Amanda Peet received her Ph.D. at Stanford University and currently is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, her “intellectual home base.” She is also an Affiliate Member of Perimeter Institute. Amanda's goal is to understand the fundamental dynamics of all forces and particles seen so far in Nature, especially gravity. Broadly: She studies the quantum dynamics of interactions between gravity and matter using string theory, with applications to black holes and cosmology, and links to gauge theory and particle physics.
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