A blueprint for a simultaneous test of quantum mechanics and general relativity in a space-based quantum optics experiment

Pallister, Sam, Coop, Simon, Formichella, Valerio, Gampierakis, Nicolas, Notaro, Virginia, Knott, Paul, Azevedo, Rui, Buchheim, Nikolaus, de Carvalho, Silvio, Järvelä, Emilia, Laporte, Matthieu, Kaikkonen, Jukka-Pekka, Meshksar, Neda, Nikkanen, Timo and Yttergren, Madeleine (2017) A blueprint for a simultaneous test of quantum mechanics and general relativity in a space-based quantum optics experiment. EPJ Quantum Technology, 4 (1). ISSN 2196-0763

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Abstract

In this paper we propose an experiment designed to observe a general-relativistic effect on single photon interference. The experiment consists of a folded Mach-Zehnder interferometer, with the arms distributed between a single Earth orbiter and a ground station. By compensating for other degrees of freedom and the motion of the orbiter, this setup aims to detect the influence of general relativistic time dilation on a spatially superposed single photon. The proposal details a payload to measure the required effect, along with an extensive feasibility analysis given current technological capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Richard Chambers
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 11:54
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 09:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66741

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