Equivalence Principle's Test with Improved Accuracy using a Cryogenic Differential Accelerometer Installed on a Pendulum.
Lorenzini, Enrico C.
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CitationV. Iafolla, E. Fiorenza, C. Lefevre, et al. "Equivalence Principle's Test with Improved Accuracy using a Cryogenic Differential Accelerometer Installed on a Pendulum." Paper presented at the IAG Symposium on Terrestrial Gravimetry: Static and Mobile Measurements (TGSMM), Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 16-23, 2013.
AbstractWe present here a concept for a new experimental test of the Weak Equivalence Principle (WEP) carried out in the gravity field of the Sun. Two test masses of different materials are the central elements of a differential accelerometer with zero baseline. The differential accelerometer is placed on a pendulum, in such a way as to make the common center of mass coincident with the center of mass of the pendulum. Ensuring a very precise centering, such a system should provide a high degree of attenuation of the local seismic noise, which together with an integration time of the order of tens of days would allow verification of the WEP with an accuracy improved by at least an order of magnitude with respect to the state of the art. One of the strengths of this experiment is the know-how acquired from a previous study and technology development (GREAT: General Relativity Accuracy Test) that involved a test of the WEP in the gravity field of the Earth, in free fall inside a co-moving capsule released from a stratospheric balloon. The description of the experiment will be followed by a critical analysis of the challenges associated with its implementation.
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