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Author (up) Rideout, D.; Jennewein, T.; Amelino-Camelia, G.; Demarie, T.F.; Higgins, B.L.; Kempf, A.; Kent, A.; Laflamme, R.; Ma, X.; Mann, R.B.; Martin-Martinez, E.; Menicucci, N.C.; Moffat, J.; Simon, C.; Sorkin, R.; Smolin, L.; Terno, D.R. openurl 
  Title Fundamental quantum optics experiments conceivable with satellites-reaching relativistic distances and velocities Type Journal Article
  Year 2012 Publication CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM GRAVITY Abbreviated Journal Class. Quantum Gravity  
  Volume 29 Issue 22 Pages 44 pp  
  Abstract Physical theories are developed to describe phenomena in particular regimes, and generally are valid only within a limited range of scales. For example, general relativity provides an effective description of the Universe at large length scales, and has been tested from the cosmic scale down to distances as small as 10 m (Dimopoulos 2007 Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 111102; 2008 Phys. Rev. D 78 042003). In contrast, quantum theory provides an effective description of physics at small length scales. Direct tests of quantum theory have been performed at the smallest probeable scales at the Large Hadron Collider, similar to 10(-20) m, up to that of hundreds of kilometres (Ursin et al 2007 Nature Phys. 3 481-6). Yet, such tests fall short of the scales required to investigate potentially significant physics that arises at the intersection of quantum and relativistic regimes. We propose to push direct tests of quantum theory to larger and larger length scales, approaching that of the radius of curvature of spacetime, where we begin to probe the interaction between gravity and quantum phenomena. In particular, we review a wide variety of potential tests of fundamental physics that are conceivable with artificial satellites in Earth orbit and elsewhere in the solar system, and attempt to sketch the magnitudes of potentially observable effects. The tests have the potential to determine the applicability of quantum theory at larger length scales, eliminate various alternative physical theories, and place bounds on phenomenological models motivated by ideas about spacetime microstructure from quantum gravity. From a more pragmatic perspective, as quantum communication technologies such as quantum key distribution advance into space towards large distances, some of the fundamental physical effects discussed here may need to be taken into account to make such schemes viable.  
  Address [Rideout, David] Univ Calif San Diego, Dept Math, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA, Email:;  
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  Publisher IOP PUBLISHING LTD Place of Publication Editor  
  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 0264-9381 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes WOS:000310533400012 Approved no  
  Call Number IQC @ it @ Serial 2890  
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