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.

A blueprint for a simultaneous test of quantum mechanics and general relativity in a space-based quantum optics experiment / Pallister, S; Coop, S; Formichella, V; Gampierakis, N; Notaro, V; Knott, P; Azevedo, R; Buchheim, N; de Carvalho, S; Jarvela, E; Laporte, M; Kaikkonen, Jp; Meshksar, N; Nikkanen, T; Yttergren, M. - In: EPJ QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY. - ISSN 2196-0763. - 4:1(2017). [10.1140/epjqt/s40507-017-0055-y]

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

Formichella, V;
2017

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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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