Satellite testing of a gravitationally induced quantum decoherence model

Ping Xu, Yiqiu Ma, Ji Gang Ren, Hai Lin Yong, Timothy C. Ralph, Sheng Kai Liao, Juan Yin, Wei Yue Liu, Wen Qi Cai, Xuan Han, Hui Nan Wu, Wei Yang Wang, Feng Zhi Li, Meng Yang, Feng Li Lin, Li Li, Nai Le Liu, Yu Ao Chen, Chao Yang Lu, Yanbei ChenJingyun Fan, Cheng Zhi Peng, Jian Wei Pan

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Abstract

Quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity are two pillars of modern physics. However, a coherent unified framework of the two theories remains an open problem. Attempts to quantize general relativity have led to many rival models of quantum gravity, which, however, generally lack experimental foundations. We report a quantum optical experimental test of event formalism of quantum fields, a theory that attempts to present a coherent description of quantum fields in exotic spacetimes containing closed timelike curves and ordinary spacetime. We experimentally test a prediction of the theory with the quantum satellite Micius that a pair of time-energy–entangled particles probabilistically decorrelate passing through different regions of the gravitational potential of Earth. Our measurement results are consistent with the standard quantum theory and hence do not support the prediction of event formalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-135
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume366
Issue number6461
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Oct 4
Externally publishedYes

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Xu, P., Ma, Y., Ren, J. G., Yong, H. L., Ralph, T. C., Liao, S. K., Yin, J., Liu, W. Y., Cai, W. Q., Han, X., Wu, H. N., Wang, W. Y., Li, F. Z., Yang, M., Lin, F. L., Li, L., Liu, N. L., Chen, Y. A., Lu, C. Y., ... Pan, J. W. (2019). Satellite testing of a gravitationally induced quantum decoherence model. Science, 366(6461), 132-135. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aay5820