Satellite testing of a gravitationally induced quantum decoherence model


P Xu, Y Ma, JG Ren, HL Yong, TC. Ralph, et. al.

Science, 366, 132 (2019)

Satellite testing of a gravitationally induced quantum decoherence model


Quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity are two pillars of modern physics. However, a coherent unified framework of the two theories remains an open problem. Attempts to quantize general relativity have led to many rival models of quantum gravity, which, however, generally lack experimental foundations. We report a quantum optical experimental test of event formalism of quantum fields, a theory that attempts to present a coherent description of quantum fields in exotic spacetimes containing closed timelike curves and ordinary spacetime. We experimentally test a prediction of the theory with the quantum satellite Micius that a pair of time-energy–entangled particles probabilistically decorrelate passing through different regions of the gravitational potential of Earth. Our measurement results are consistent with the standard quantum theory and hence do not support the prediction of event formalism.

University: The University of Queensland

Authors Centre Participants: Prof. Tim C Ralph

Source: Science

Publication Type: Refereed Journal article

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