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Matter Wave Explorer of Gravity (MWXG)

Ertmer, W. and Schubert , C. and Wendrich, T. and Gilowski, M. and Zaiser, M. and v. Zoest, T. and Rasel, E. and Bordé, Ch.J. and Clairon, A. and Landragin, A. and Laurent, P. and Lemonde, P. and Santarelli, G. and Schleich, W. and Cataliotti, F.S. and Inguscio, M. and Poli, N. and Sorrentino, F. and Modugno, C. and Tino, G.M. and Gill , P. and Klein, H. and Margolis, H. and Reynaud, S. and Salomon, C. and Lambrecht, A. and Peik, E. and Jentsch, C. and Johann, U. and Rathke, A. and Bouyer, P. and Cacciapuoti, L. and De Natale, P. and Christophe, B. and Foulon, B. and Touboul, P. and Maleki, L. and Yu, N. and Turyshev, S.G. and Anderson, J.D. and Schmidt-Kaler, F. and Walser, R. and Vigué, J. and Büchner, M. and Angonin, M.-C. and Delva, P. and Tourrenc, P. and Bingham, R. and Kent, B. and Wicht, A. and Wang, L.J. and Bongs, K. and Dittus, H. and Lämmerzahl, C. and Theil, S. and Sengstock, K. and Peters, A. and Müller, T. and Arndt, M. and Iess, L. and Bondu, F. and Brillet, A. and Samain, E. and Chiofalo, M.L. and Levi, F. and Calonico, D. (2009) Matter Wave Explorer of Gravity (MWXG). Experimental Astronomy, 23 (2), pp. 611-649. Springer. DOI: DOI 10.1007/s10686-008-9125-6 ISSN 0922-6435

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In response to ESA´s Call for proposalsof 5 March 2007 of the COSMIC VISION 2015-2025 plan of the ESA science programme, we propose a M-class satellite mission to test the Equivalence Principle in the quantum domain by investigating the extend free fall of matter waves instead of macroscopic bodies as in the case of GAUGE, MICROSCOPE or STEP. The satellite, called Matter Wave Explorer of Gravity, will carry an experiment to test gravity, namely the measurement of the equal rate of free fall with various isotopes of distinct atomic species with precision cold atom interferometry in the vicinity of the earth. This will allow for a first quantum test of the Equivalence with spin polarized particles and with pure fermionic and bosonic atomic ensembles. Due to teh space conditions, the free fall of Rubidium and Potassium isotopes will be compared with a maximum accelerational sensitivity of 5 x 10^-16 m/s^2 corresponding to an accuracy of the test of the Equivalence Principle of 1 part in 10^16. Besides the primary scientific goal, the quantum test of the Equivalence Principle, the mission can be extended to provide additional information about the gravitational field of the earth or for testing theories of fundamental processes of decoherence which are investigated by various theory groups in the context of quantum gravity phenomenology. In this proposal we present in detail the mission objectives and the technical aspects of the proposed mission.

Document Type:Article
Title:Matter Wave Explorer of Gravity (MWXG)
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID
Ertmer, W.Insitut für Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Schubert , C.Insitut für Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Wendrich, T.Insitut für Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Gilowski, M.Insitut für Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Zaiser, M.Insitut für Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
v. Zoest, T.Insitut für Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Rasel, E.Insitut für Quantenoptik, Leibniz Univ. HannoverUNSPECIFIED
Bordé, Ch.J.LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de ParisUNSPECIFIED
Clairon, A.LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de ParisUNSPECIFIED
Landragin, A.LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de ParisUNSPECIFIED
Laurent, P.LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de ParisUNSPECIFIED
Lemonde, P.LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de ParisUNSPECIFIED
Santarelli, G.LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de ParisUNSPECIFIED
Schleich, W.Institut für Quantenphysik, Univ. UlmUNSPECIFIED
Cataliotti, F.S.LENS, Univ. FirenzeUNSPECIFIED
Inguscio, M.LENS, Univ. FirenzeUNSPECIFIED
Poli, N.LENS, Univ. FirenzeUNSPECIFIED
Sorrentino, F.LENS, Univ. FirenzeUNSPECIFIED
Modugno, C.LENS, Univ. FirenzeUNSPECIFIED
Tino, G.M.LENS, Univ. FirenzeUNSPECIFIED
Gill , P.National Physics Lab. TeddingtonUNSPECIFIED
Klein, H.National Physics Lab. TeddingtonUNSPECIFIED
Margolis, H.National Physics Lab. TeddingtonUNSPECIFIED
Reynaud, S.Lab. Kastler Brossel, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Salomon, C.ENS, Dept. Physique, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Lambrecht, A.Lab. Kastler Brossel, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Peik, E.PTB, BraunschweigUNSPECIFIED
Jentsch, C.EADS Astrium, FriedrichshafenUNSPECIFIED
Johann, U.EADS Astrium, FriedrichshafenUNSPECIFIED
Rathke, A.EADS Astrium, Friedrichshafen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Bouyer, P.Lab CHarles Fabry, Inst d´Optique, ParisUNSPECIFIED
Cacciapuoti, L.ESA /ESTEC, NoordwijkUNSPECIFIED
Christophe, B.ONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIED
Touboul, P.ONERA, ChatillonUNSPECIFIED
Maleki, L.Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena CAUNSPECIFIED
Yu, N.Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena CAUNSPECIFIED
Turyshev, S.G.Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena CAUNSPECIFIED
Anderson, J.D.Global Aerospace Cooperation, El Segundo CAUNSPECIFIED
Schmidt-Kaler, F.Qunaten-Informationsbearbeitung, Univ. UlmUNSPECIFIED
Walser, R.Institut für Quantenphysik, Univ. UlmUNSPECIFIED
Vigué, J.LCAR, Univ. Paul Sabatier, ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Büchner, M.LCAR, Univ. Paul Sabatier, ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Angonin, M.-C.ERGA/LERMA, Univ. Paris 6UNSPECIFIED
Tourrenc, P.ERGA/LERMA, Univ. Paris 6UNSPECIFIED
Bingham, R.Rutherford Appleton Lab., DidcotUNSPECIFIED
Kent, B.Rutherford Appleton Lab., DidcotUNSPECIFIED
Wicht, A.Humboldt Univ., BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Wang, L.J.School of Physics, Univ. BirminghamUNSPECIFIED
Bongs, K.School of Physics, Univ. BirminghamUNSPECIFIED
Dittus, H.DLR Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Lämmerzahl, C.ZARM, Univ. BremenUNSPECIFIED
Theil, S.DLR Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Sengstock, K.Ins. Laserphysik, Univ. HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Peters, A.Humboldt Univ., BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Müller, T.National Univ. SingaporeUNSPECIFIED
Arndt, M.Univ. WienUNSPECIFIED
Iess, L.Dipt. Ingegueria Aerospaziale ed Astronautica, La Sapienza, RomaUNSPECIFIED
Bondu, F.CERGA, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Brillet, A.CERGA, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Samain, E.CERGA, Obs. de la Côte Azur, GrasseUNSPECIFIED
Chiofalo, M.L.CNISM and INFN, Scuola Normale Superiore, PisaUNSPECIFIED
Levi, F.Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, TurinoUNSPECIFIED
Calonico, D.Instituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, TurinoUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2009
Journal or Publication Title:Experimental Astronomy
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI:DOI 10.1007/s10686-008-9125-6
Page Range:pp. 611-649
von Ballmoos, PeterUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Test of equivalence principle, Fundamental physics, General relativity, Atom interferometry, MWXG
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems
Deposited By: Dittus, Prof.Dr. Hansjörg
Deposited On:08 Mar 2010 12:32
Last Modified:06 Oct 2016 10:50

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