GAUGE: the GrAnd Unification and Gravity Explorer

G. Amelino-Camelia, K. Aplin, M. Arndt, J. D. Barrow, R. J. Bingham, C. Borde, P. Bouyer, M. Caldwell, A. M. Cruise, T. Damour, P. D'Arrigo, H. Dittus, W. Ertmer, B. Foulon, P. Gill, G. D. Hammond, J. Hough, C. Jentsch, U. Johann, P. JetzerH. Klein, A. Lambrecht, B. Lamine, C. Lämmerzahl, N. Lockerbie, F. Loeffler, J. T. Mendonca, J. Mester, W. T. Ni, C. Pegrum, A. Peters, E. Rasel, S. Reynaud, D. Shaul, T. J. Sumner, S. Theil, C. Torrie, P. Touboul, C. Trenkel, S. Vitale, W. Vodel, C. Wang, H. Ward, A. Woodgate

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Abstract

The GAUGE (GrAnd Unification and Gravity Explorer) mission proposes to use a drag-free spacecraft platform onto which a number of experiments are attached. They are designed to address a number of key issues at the interface between gravity and unification with the other forces of nature. The equivalence principle is to be probed with both a high-precision test using classical macroscopic test bodies, and, to lower precision, using microscopic test bodies via cold-atom interferometry. These two equivalence principle tests will explore string-dilaton theories and the effect of space-time fluctuations respectively. The macroscopic test bodies will also be used for intermediate-range inverse-square law and an axion-like spin-coupling search. The microscopic test bodies offer the prospect of extending the range of tests to also include short-range inverse-square law and spin-coupling measurements as well as looking for evidence of quantum decoherence due to space-time fluctuations at the Planck scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-572
Number of pages24
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Volume23
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jun 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

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Keywords

  • Atom interferometry
  • Equivalence principle
  • Fundamental physics
  • Mass-spin coupling
  • Space mission

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Amelino-Camelia, G., Aplin, K., Arndt, M., Barrow, J. D., Bingham, R. J., Borde, C., ... Woodgate, A. (2009). GAUGE: the GrAnd Unification and Gravity Explorer . Experimental Astronomy, 23(2), 549-572. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10686-008-9086-9

GAUGE : the GrAnd Unification and Gravity Explorer . / Amelino-Camelia, G.; Aplin, K.; Arndt, M.; Barrow, J. D.; Bingham, R. J.; Borde, C.; Bouyer, P.; Caldwell, M.; Cruise, A. M.; Damour, T.; D'Arrigo, P.; Dittus, H.; Ertmer, W.; Foulon, B.; Gill, P.; Hammond, G. D.; Hough, J.; Jentsch, C.; Johann, U.; Jetzer, P.; Klein, H.; Lambrecht, A.; Lamine, B.; Lämmerzahl, C.; Lockerbie, N.; Loeffler, F.; Mendonca, J. T.; Mester, J.; Ni, W. T.; Pegrum, C.; Peters, A.; Rasel, E.; Reynaud, S.; Shaul, D.; Sumner, T. J. (Corresponding Author); Theil, S.; Torrie, C.; Touboul, P.; Trenkel, C.; Vitale, S.; Vodel, W.; Wang, C.; Ward, H.; Woodgate, A.

In: Experimental Astronomy, Vol. 23, No. 2, 03.2009, p. 549-572.

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Amelino-Camelia, G, Aplin, K, Arndt, M, Barrow, JD, Bingham, RJ, Borde, C, Bouyer, P, Caldwell, M, Cruise, AM, Damour, T, D'Arrigo, P, Dittus, H, Ertmer, W, Foulon, B, Gill, P, Hammond, GD, Hough, J, Jentsch, C, Johann, U, Jetzer, P, Klein, H, Lambrecht, A, Lamine, B, Lämmerzahl, C, Lockerbie, N, Loeffler, F, Mendonca, JT, Mester, J, Ni, WT, Pegrum, C, Peters, A, Rasel, E, Reynaud, S, Shaul, D, Sumner, TJ, Theil, S, Torrie, C, Touboul, P, Trenkel, C, Vitale, S, Vodel, W, Wang, C, Ward, H & Woodgate, A 2009, 'GAUGE: the GrAnd Unification and Gravity Explorer ', Experimental Astronomy, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 549-572. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10686-008-9086-9
Amelino-Camelia G, Aplin K, Arndt M, Barrow JD, Bingham RJ, Borde C et al. GAUGE: the GrAnd Unification and Gravity Explorer . Experimental Astronomy. 2009 Mar;23(2):549-572. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10686-008-9086-9
Amelino-Camelia, G. ; Aplin, K. ; Arndt, M. ; Barrow, J. D. ; Bingham, R. J. ; Borde, C. ; Bouyer, P. ; Caldwell, M. ; Cruise, A. M. ; Damour, T. ; D'Arrigo, P. ; Dittus, H. ; Ertmer, W. ; Foulon, B. ; Gill, P. ; Hammond, G. D. ; Hough, J. ; Jentsch, C. ; Johann, U. ; Jetzer, P. ; Klein, H. ; Lambrecht, A. ; Lamine, B. ; Lämmerzahl, C. ; Lockerbie, N. ; Loeffler, F. ; Mendonca, J. T. ; Mester, J. ; Ni, W. T. ; Pegrum, C. ; Peters, A. ; Rasel, E. ; Reynaud, S. ; Shaul, D. ; Sumner, T. J. ; Theil, S. ; Torrie, C. ; Touboul, P. ; Trenkel, C. ; Vitale, S. ; Vodel, W. ; Wang, C. ; Ward, H. ; Woodgate, A. / GAUGE : the GrAnd Unification and Gravity Explorer . In: Experimental Astronomy. 2009 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 549-572.
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