Research campaign: Macroscopic quantum resonators (MAQRO)

Rainer Kaltenbaek, Markus Arndt, Markus Aspelmeyer, Peter F Barker, Angelo Bassi, James Bateman, Alessio Belenchia, Joel Bergé, Claus Braxmaier, Sougato Bose, 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, Claus Lämmerzahl, 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

The objective of the proposed macroscopic quantum resonators (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 at the interface with gravity. Developing the necessary technologies, achieving the required sensitivities and providing the necessary isolation of macroscopic quantum systems from their environment will lay the path for developing novel quantum sensors. Earlier studies showed that the proposal is feasible but that several critical challenges remain, and key technologies need to be developed. Recent scientific and technological developments since the original proposal of MAQRO promise 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.

Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information
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University of Ljubljana, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW), 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, INFN - Laboratori Nazionali Di Frascati, University of Warwick, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Northwestern University, Université de recherche Paris Sciences et Lettres, Sorbonne Université, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Universität Bremen, Universität Duisburg-Essen, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, University of Queensland, King's College London, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Yale University, Universität Siegen, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, University of Strathclyde, NTT Research, Texas A&M University, University of Southampton, Universität Wien
Quantum Science and Technology
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Peer reviewed
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
103025 Quantum mechanics, 103026 Quantum optics
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Science (miscellaneous), Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
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