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

Sam Pallister, Simon Coop, Valerio Formichella, Nicolas Gampierakis, Virginia Notaro, Paul Knott, Rui Azevedo, Nikolaus Buchheim, Silvio de Carvalho, Emilia Jarvela, Matthieu Laporte, Jukka-Pekka Kaikkonen, Neda Meshksar, Timo Nikkanen, Madeleine Yttergren

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages21
JournalEPJ Quantum Technology
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2017

Structured keywords

  • QITG

Keywords

  • quantum optics
  • interferometry
  • time dilation
  • Shapiro delay

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