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Testing spontaneous localization theories with matter-wave interferometry


Hornberger,  K.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

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Nimmrichter, S., Hornberger, K., Haslinger, P., & Arndt, M. (2011). Testing spontaneous localization theories with matter-wave interferometry. Physical Review A, 83(4): 043621.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-8D19-4
We propose to test the theory of continuous spontaneous localization (CSL) in an all-optical time-domain Talbot-Lau interferometer for clusters with masses exceeding 10(6) amu. By assessing the relevant environmental decoherence mechanisms, as well as the growing size of the particles relative to the grating fringes, we argue that it will be feasible to test the quantum superposition principle in a mass range excluded by recent estimates of the CSL effect.