Detecting gravitational fields with Bose-Einstein condensates
Bose-Einstein condensates – large groups of interacting atoms cooled to temperatures very close to absolute zero – are very useful for high-precision metrology. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action programme, the PhoQuS-G project aims to investigate whether Bose-Einstein condensates consisting of phonons could be used to sense gravitational fields with high precision. The project will build on a new powerful numerical method that describes condensate splitting, trap-release and other condensate properties. High-precision sensing of gravitational fields would offer a variety of applications, from fundamental research to technological solutions. For example, knowledge about local gravitational fields (geodesy) could prove useful for mapping underground infrastructures or finding natural resources.
Fields of science
- natural sciencesphysical sciencesquantum physics
- natural sciencesphysical sciencesatomic physics
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringelectronic engineeringsensors
- natural sciencesphysical sciencescondensed matter physicsbose-einstein condensates
- natural sciencesmathematicsapplied mathematicsnumerical analysis