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

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Pallister, S. et al.: A blueprint for a simultaneous test of quantum mechanics and general relativity in a space-based quantum optics experiment. In: EPJ Quantum Technology 4 (2017), Nr. 2. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1140/epjqt/s40507-017-0055-y

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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.
License of this version: CC BY 4.0
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Issue Date: 2017
Appears in Collections:Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

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