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Satellite test of special relativity: a proposal

Aguilera, Deborah and Schuldt, Thilo and Spannagel, Ruven and Milke, Alexander and Gürlebeck, Norman and Herrmann, Sven and Lämmerzahl, Claus and Biering, Bernd and Dittus, Hansjörg and Braxmaier, Claus (2013) Satellite test of special relativity: a proposal. 64th International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, China., Sept.2013, Beijing, China.

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Abstract

We propose a small satellite mission that aims for testing the postulates of special relativity by performing a Kennedy-Thorndike (KT) experiment. A potential boost dependence of the velocity of light is measured by comparing a length reference (i.e. an optical resonator) with a molecular frequency reference. Both employed clocks reached 10-16 frequency stability at orbit time (90 min) and by integration over 5000 orbits (2 years mission lifetime with 50 % duty cycle) a 1600-fold improvement in measuring the Kennedy-Thorndike coefficient is targeted, compared to the current best terrestrial test

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88191/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Satellite test of special relativity: a proposal
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Aguilera, DeborahDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Schuldt, ThiloDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Spannagel, RuvenDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Milke, AlexanderZARM, University of Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Gürlebeck, NormanZARM, University of Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Herrmann, SvenZARM, University of BremenUNSPECIFIED
Lämmerzahl, ClausZARM, University of Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Biering, BerndDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Dittus, HansjörgDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Braxmaier, Clausclaus.braxmaier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2013
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:fundamental physics test, Kennedy-Thorndike experiment
Event Title:64th International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, China.
Event Location:Beijing, China
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:Sept.2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Deposited By: Aguilera, Deborah
Deposited On:13 Feb 2014 10:15
Last Modified:15 Mar 2016 10:41

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