School's Weekly Seminar

Experimental Tests of Macroscopic Quantum Superposition

by Prof. Hendrik Ulbricht (Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 from to (Asia/Tehran)
at Larak ( Seminar Room )
Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Larak Garden, Artesh Hwy, Tehran, Iran

New technological developments allow to explore the quantum properties of very complex systems, bringing the question of whether also macroscopic systems share such features, within experimental reach.

The interest in this question is increased by the fact that, on the theory side, many suggest that the quantum superposition principle is not exact, departures from it being the larger, the more macroscopic the system. Testing the superposition principle intrinsically also means to test suggested extensions of quantum theory, so-called collapse models.

We will report on three new proposals to experimentally test the superposition principle with nanoparticle interferometry , optomechanical devices and by spectroscopic experiments in the frequency domain. We will also report on the status of optical levitation and cooling experiments with nanoparticles in our labs, towards an Earth bound matter-wave interferometer to test the superposition principle for a particle mass of one million amu (atomic mass unit).

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Organised by Prof. Vahid Karimipour (SUT), Hamed Bakhshian (IPM)