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A Space-Based Optical Kennedy-Thorndike Experiment Testing Special Relativity

Aguilera, Deborah and Milke, Alexander and Gürlebeck, Norman and Schuldt, Thilo and Herrmann, Sven and Döringshoff, R. and Spannagel, Ruven and Lämmerzahl, Claus and Peters, Achim and Biering, Bernd and Dittus, Hansjörg and Braxmaier, Claus (2013) A Space-Based Optical Kennedy-Thorndike Experiment Testing Special Relativity. Enrico Fermi School "Atom interferometry", Varenna, Italy, 15-20.07.2013, Varenna, Italy.

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Abstract

We propose a small satellite mission that aims for testing the foundations 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. a highly stable optical resonator) with a molecular frequency reference. By employing clocks with 10-16 frequency stability at orbit time (90 min) and by integration over 5000 orbits (2 yrs) mission lifetime with 50% duty cycle) a 1600-fold improvement measuring the KT coefficient is targeted, compared to the current best terrestrial test.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88231/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:A Space-Based Optical Kennedy-Thorndike Experiment Testing Special Relativity
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Aguilera, DeborahDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Milke, AlexanderZARM, University of Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Gürlebeck, NormanZARM, University of Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schuldt, ThiloDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Herrmann, SvenZARM, University of BremenUNSPECIFIED
Döringshoff, R.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Spannagel, RuvenDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Lämmerzahl, ClausZARM, University of Bremen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Peters, AchimUniversity of Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Biering, BerndDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Dittus, HansjörgDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Braxmaier, Clausclaus.braxmaier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 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:Enrico Fermi School "Atom interferometry", Varenna, Italy
Event Location:Varenna, Italy
Event Type:Workshop
Event Dates:15-20.07.2013
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:14 Feb 2014 09:28
Last Modified:15 Mar 2016 10:38

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