Atom interferometry in free flight

Philippe Bouyer and co-workers in France performed a range of impressive experiments with an atom interferometer in free flight, onboard an Airbus aircraft making "micro-gravity jumps". These experiments successfully demonstrate that when atoms are sufficiently cooled and controlled, their wave properties can be used to perform interferometry in a way analogous to standard interferometry with light. This moves the field closer to the implementation of a range of sensors for e.g. gravity, rotation and inertia with unprecedented accuracy. Such devices will be potentially very useful in satellites and in space missions.

To read the full paper by Philippe Bouyer et al. on "Light-pulse atom interferometry in microgravity" click here

Publishing the proceedings of our conference with EPJ Web of Conferences was a good choice. Our interactions were smooth and in less than two months after submission all the material was online.

Dr. Roberto P. Saglia, Max-Planck Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik, Germany
Editor EPJ Web of Conferences vol. 47, 2013

ISSN: 2100-014X (Electronic Edition)

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