Status Report

Cold Atoms in Space: Community Workshop Summary and Proposed Road-Map

By SpaceRef Editor
January 20, 2022
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Ivan Alonso, Cristiano Alpigiani, Brett Altschul, Henrique Araujo, Gianluigi Arduini, Jan Arlt, Leonardo Badurina, Antun Balaz, Satvika Bandarupally, Barry C Barish Michele Barone, Michele Barsanti, Steven Bass, Angelo Bassi, Baptiste Battelier, Charles F. A. Baynham, Quentin Beaufils, Aleksandar Belic, Joel Berge, Jose Bernabeu, Andrea Bertoldi, Robert Bingham, Sebastien Bize, Diego Blas, Kai Bongs, Philippe Bouyer, Carla Braitenberg, Christian Brand, Claus Braxmaier, Alexandre Bresson, Oliver Buchmueller, Dmitry Budker, Lu?s Bugalho, Sergey Burdin, Luigi Cacciapuoti Simone Callegari, Xavier Calmet, Davide Calonico, Benjamin Canuel, Laurentiu-Ioan Caramete, Olivier Carraz, Donatella Cassettari, Pratik Chakraborty, Swapan Chattopadhyay, Upasna Chauhan, Xuzong Chen, Yu-Ao Chen, Maria Luisa Chiofalo, Jonathon Coleman, Robin Corgier, J. P. Cotter, A. Michael Cruise, Yanou Cui, Gavin Davies, Albert De Roeck, Marcel Demarteau, Andrei Derevianko, Marco Di Clemente, Goran S. Djordjevic, Sandro Donadi, Olivier Dore, Peter Dornan, Michael Doser, Giannis Drougakis, Jacob Dunningham, Sajan Easo, Joshua Eby, Gedminas Elertas, John Ellis, David Evans, Pandora Examilioti, Pavel Fadeev, Mattia Fan?, Farida Fassi, Marco Fattori, Michael A. Fedderke, Daniel Felea, Chen-Hao Feng, Jorge Ferreras, Robert Flack, Victor V. Flambaum, Rene Forsberg, Mark Fromhold, Naceur Gaaloul, Barry M. Garraway, Maria Georgousi, Andrew Geraci, Kurt Gibble, Valerie Gibson, Patrick Gill, Gian F. Giudice, Jon Goldwin, Oliver Gould, Oleg Grachov, Peter W. Graham, Dario Grasso, Paul F. Griffin, Christine Guerlin, Mustafa Gundogan, Ratnesh K Gupta, Martin Haehnelt, Ekim T. Han?meli et al. (149 additional authors not shown)

We summarize the discussions at a virtual Community Workshop on Cold Atoms in Space concerning the status of cold atom technologies, the prospective scientific and societal opportunities offered by their deployment in space, and the developments needed before cold atoms could be operated in space. The cold atom technologies discussed include atomic clocks, quantum gravimeters and accelerometers, and atom interferometers. Prospective applications include metrology, geodesy and measurement of terrestrial mass change due to, e.g., climate change, and fundamental science experiments such as tests of the equivalence principle, searches for dark matter, measurements of gravitational waves and tests of quantum mechanics. We review the current status of cold atom technologies and outline the requirements for their space qualification, including the development paths and the corresponding technical milestones, and identifying possible pathfinder missions to pave the way for missions to exploit the full potential of cold atoms in space. Finally, we present a first draft of a possible road-map for achieving these goals, that we propose for discussion by the interested cold atom, Earth Observation, fundamental physics and other prospective scientific user communities, together with ESA and national space and research funding agencies.

Comments: Summary of the Community Workshop on Cold Atoms in Space and corresponding Road-map: this https URL

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc); High Energy Physics – Experiment (hep-ex); High Energy Physics – Phenomenology (hep-ph); Atomic Physics (physics.atom-ph)

Cite as: arXiv:2201.07789 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2201.07789v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

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From: Oliver Buchmueller [view email]

[v1] Wed, 19 Jan 2022 18:57:33 UTC (16,673 KB)

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