Testing the effects of gravity and motion on quantum entanglement in space-based experiments

David Edward Bruschi, Carlos Sabín, Angela White, Valentina Baccetti, Daniel K L Oi, Ivette Fuentes

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Abstract

We propose an experiment to test the effects of gravity and acceleration on quantum entanglement in space-based setups. We show that the entanglement between excitations of two Bose-Einstein condensates is degraded after one of them undergoes a change in the gravitational field strength. This prediction can be tested if the condensates are initially entangled in two separate satellites while being in the same orbit and then one of them moves to a different orbit. We show that the effect is observable in a typical orbital manoeuvre of nanosatellites like CanX4 and CanX5. 

Original languageEnglish
Article number053041
Number of pages16
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2014

Keywords

  • quantum entanglement
  • relativistic effects
  • space-based experiments

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