# Simplified derivation of the Hawking-Unruh temperature for an accelerated observer in vacuum

@article{Alsing2004SimplifiedDO, title={Simplified derivation of the Hawking-Unruh temperature for an accelerated observer in vacuum}, author={Paul M. Alsing and Peter W. Milonni}, journal={American Journal of Physics}, year={2004}, volume={72}, pages={1524-1529} }

A detector undergoing uniform acceleration a in a vacuum field responds as though it were immersed in thermal radiation of temperature T=ℏa/2πkc. An intuitive derivation of this result is given for a scalar field in one spatial dimension. The approach is extended to the case where the field detected by the accelerated observer is a spin 1/2 Dirac field.

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