MAQRO -- BPS 2023 Research Campaign Whitepaper

Author(s)
Rainer Kaltenbaek, Markus Arndt, Markus Aspelmeyer, Peter F. Barker, Angelo Bassi, James Bateman, Alessio Belenchia, Joel Bergé, Sougato Bose, Claus Braxmaier, Bruno Christophe, Garrett D. Cole, Catalina Curceanu, Animesh Datta, Maxime Debiossac, Uroš Delić, Lajos Diósi, Andrew A. Geraci, Stefan Gerlich, Christine Guerlin, Gerald Hechenblaikner, Antoine Heidmann, Sven Herrmann, Klaus Hornberger, Ulrich Johann, Nikolai Kiesel, Thomas W. LeBrun, Gerard J. Milburn, James Millen, Makan Mohageg, David C. Moore, Gavin W. Morley, Stefan Nimmrichter, Lukas Novotny, Daniel K. L. Oi, Mauro Paternostro, C. Jess Riedel, Manuel Rodrigues, Loïc Rondin, Albert Roura, Wolfgang P. Schleich, Thilo Schuldt, Benjamin A. Stickler, Hendrik Ulbricht, Christian Vogt, Lisa Wörner
Abstract

The objective of the proposed MAQRO mission is to harness space for achieving long free-fall times, extreme vacuum, nano-gravity, and cryogenic temperatures to test the foundations of physics in macroscopic quantum experiments. This will result in the development of novel quantum sensors and a means to probe the foundations of quantum physics at the interface with gravity. Earlier studies showed that the proposal is feasible but that several critical challenges remain, and key technologies need to be developed. These new technologies will open up the potential for achieving additional science objectives. The proposed research campaign aims to advance the state of the art and to perform the first macroscopic quantum experiments in space. Experiments on the ground, in micro-gravity, and in space will drive the proposed research campaign during the current decade to enable the implementation of MAQRO within the subsequent decade.

Organisation(s)
Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information
External organisation(s)
University of Ljubljana, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW), Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), University College London, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste, Swansea University, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Queen's University Belfast, Université Paris-Saclay, Universität Ulm, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Thorlabs Inc., Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH, Thorlabs, Newton, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Roma, University of Warwick, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Northwestern University, Université Paris IV - Paris-Sorbonne, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Airbus Deutschland, Jacobs Universität Bremen, Universität Duisburg-Essen, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, University of Queensland, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Yale University, Universität Siegen, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, University of Strathclyde, NTT Research, Texas A&M University, University of Southampton
Publication date
02-2022
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
103025 Quantum mechanics, 103004 Astrophysics
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Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/maqro--bps-2023-research-campaign-whitepaper(bb25dc27-ba4b-45eb-8853-f0d9f33a5041).html