Testing quantum mechanics with massive objects

Seminar date and time: 
Friday, 19 October, 2012 - 09:00
Affiliation: 
Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics
Author: 
Oriol Romero-Isart
Location: 
IFAE seminar room

We propose a method to prepare and verify spatial quantum superpositions of a microsphere separated by distances of the order of its size. This method provides unprecedented bounds for objective collapse models of the wave function by merging techniques and insights from quantum micromechanical oscillators and matter-wave interferometry. An analysis and simulation of the experiment is performed taking into account standard sources of decoherence. We provide an operational parameter regime using present-day and planned technology.

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