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


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.

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S. Pallister, S. Coop, V. Formichella, et. al.
Mon, 7 Nov 16

Comments: 21 pages, 9 figures