The AEgIS Experiment: Measuring the Gravitational Interaction of Antimatter

A. Knecht, S. Aghion, O. Ahlén, C. Amsler, A. Ariga, T. Ariga, A. S. Belov, G. Bonomi, P. Bräunig, J. Bremer, R. S. Brusa, L. Cabaret, C. Canali, R. Caravita, F. Castelli, G. Cerchiari, S. Cialdi, D. Comparat, G. Consolati, J. H. DerkingS. Di Domizio, L. Di Noto, M. Doser, A. Dudarev, A. Ereditato, R. Ferragut, A. Fontana, P. Genova, M. Giammarchi, A. Gligorova, S. N. Gninenko, S. Haider, S. D. Hogan, T. Huse, E. Jordan, L. V. Jørgensen, T. Kaltenbacher, J. Kawada, A. Kellerbauer, M. Kimura, D. Krasnický, V. Lagomarsino, S. Lehner, C. Malbrunot, S. Mariazzi, V. A. Matveev, F. Merkt, F. Moia, G. Nebbia, P. Nédélec, M. K. Oberthaler, N. Pacifico, V. Petráček, C. Pistillo, F. Prelz, M. Prevedelli, C. Regenfus, C. Riccardi, O. Røhne, A. Rotondi, H. Sandaker, P. Scampoli, J. Storey, M. A. Subieta Vasquez, M. Špaček, G. Testera, D. Trezzi, R. Vaccarone, E. Widmann, S. Zavatarelli, J. Zmeskal

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Abstract

The AEgIS experiment aims at performing the first test of the Weak Equivalence Principle of General Relativity in the antimatter sector by measuring the gravitational acceleration acting on a beam of cold antihydrogen to a precision of 1%. The installation of the apparatus is making good progress and large parts were taken into operation. Parasitic detector tests during the beamtime in December 2012 gave essential input for an optimal moiré deflectometer and the detector layout necessary to perform the gravity measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-131
Number of pages11
JournalHyperfine Interactions
Volume228
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 14 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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    Knecht, A., Aghion, S., Ahlén, O., Amsler, C., Ariga, A., Ariga, T., Belov, A. S., Bonomi, G., Bräunig, P., Bremer, J., Brusa, R. S., Cabaret, L., Canali, C., Caravita, R., Castelli, F., Cerchiari, G., Cialdi, S., Comparat, D., Consolati, G., ... Zmeskal, J. (2014). The AEgIS Experiment: Measuring the Gravitational Interaction of Antimatter. Hyperfine Interactions, 228(1-3), 121-131. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10751-014-1057-0