Space QUEST mission proposal: experimentally testing decoherence due to gravity

Joshi, S. K. et al. (2018) Space QUEST mission proposal: experimentally testing decoherence due to gravity. New Journal of Physics, 20(6), 063016. (doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/aac58b)

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Models of quantum systems on curved space-times lack sufficient experimental verification. Some speculative theories suggest that quantum correlations, such as entanglement, may exhibit different behavior to purely classical correlations in curved space. By measuring this effect or lack thereof, we can test the hypotheses behind several such models. For instance, as predicted by Ralph et al [5] and Ralph and Pienaar [1], a bipartite entangled system could decohere if each particle traversed through a different gravitational field gradient. We propose to study this effect in a ground to space uplink scenario. We extend the above theoretical predictions of Ralph and coworkers and discuss the scientific consequences of detecting/failing to detect the predicted gravitational decoherence. We present a detailed mission design of the European Space Agency's Space QUEST (Space—Quantum Entanglement Space Test) mission, and study the feasibility of the mission scheme.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was funded by ESA under the grant number: 20772/07/NL/VJ (Topical Team). VP acknowledges financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Severo Ochoa program for Centres of Excellence in R&D (SEV-2015-0522), from Fundaci Privada Cellex, and from Generalitat de Catalunya through the CERCA program.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hadfield, Professor Robert
Authors: Joshi, S. K., Pienaar, J., Ralph, T. C., Cacciapuoti, L., McCutcheon, W., Rarity, J., Giggenbach, D., Lim, J. G., Makarov, V., Fuentes, I., Scheidl, T., Beckert, E., Bourennane, M., Bruschi, D. E., Cabello, A., Capmany, J., Carrasco-Casado, A., Diamanti, E., Dusek, M., Elser, D., Gulinatti, A., Hadfield, R. H., Jennewein, T., Kaltenbaek, R., Krainak, M. A., Lo, H.-K., Marquardt, C., Milburn, G., Peev, M., Poppe, A., Pruneri, V., Renner, R., Salomon, C., Skaar, J., Solomos, N., Stipcevic, M., Torres, J. P., Toyoshima, M., Villoresi, P., Walmsley, I., Weihs, G., Weinfurter, H., Zeilinger, A., Zukowski, M., and Ursin, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:New Journal of Physics
Publisher:Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1367-2630
Published Online:17 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in New Journal of Physics 20(6): 063016
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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