Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 4 (2009)

Precision measurements of gravity using cold atom sensors

F. Sorrentino, M. de Angelis, A. Bertoldi, L. Cacciapuoti, A. Giorgini, M. Prevedelli, G. Rosi, G. M. Tino

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We present a synthetic view of experiments we are performing using atom interferometry to determine the gravitational constant G and to test the Newtonian gravitational law at micrometric distances. Accurate gravity measurements with atom interferometry also find applications in geophysical studies and in satellite missions for the geoid mapping. Experiments in progress, using ultracold atom devices, for applications in geophyiscal and space monitoring will be also described.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2009.09025]

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