Testing spontaneous localization theories with matter-wave interferometry

Author(s): S. Nimmrichter, K. Hornberger, P. Haslinger, M. Arndt

Journal: Phys. Rev. A

Volume: 83

Page(s): 043621

Year: 2011

DOI Number: 10.1103/PhysRevA.83.043621

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We propose to test the theory of continuous spontaneous localization (CSL) in an all-optical time-domain Talbot-Lau interferometer for clusters with masses exceeding 106 amu. By assessing the relevant environmental decoherence mechanisms, as well as the growing size of the particles relative to the grating fringes, we argue that it will be feasible to test the quantum superposition principle in a mass range excluded by recent estimates of the CSL effect.

Note: http://arxiv.org/abs/1103.1236

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