The space atom interferometer project: Status and prospects

F. Sorrentino*, K. Bongs, P. Bouyer, L. Cacciapuoti, M. De Angelis, H. Dittus, W. Ertmer, J. Hartwig, M. Hauth, S. Herrmann, K. Huang, M. Inguscio, E. Kajari, T. Könemann, C. Lämmerzahl, A. Landragin, G. Modugno, F. Pereira Dos Santos, A. Peters, M. PrevedelliE. M. Rasel, W. P. Schleich, M. Schmidt, A. Senger, K. Sengstock, G. Stern, G. M. Tino, T. Valenzuela, R. Walser, P. Windpassinger

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This paper presents the current status and future prospects of the Space Atom Interferometer project (SAI), funded by the European Space Agency. Atom interferometry provides extremely sensitive and accurate tools for the measurement of inertial forces. Operation of atom interferometers in microgravity is expected to enhance the performance of such sensors. Main goal of SAI is to demonstrate the possibility of placing atom interferometers in space. The resulting drop-tower compatible atom interferometry acceleration sensor prototype is described. Expected performance limits and potential scientific applications in a micro-gravity environment are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012050
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event4th International Symposium on Physical Sciences in Space, ISPS-4 - Bonn, Germany
Duration: 11 Jul 201115 Jul 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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