Applied Physics B

, Volume 77, Issue 8, pp 719–731 | Cite as

Precision test of the isotropy of light propagation

  • H. Müller
  • S. Herrmann
  • C. Braxmaier
  • S. Schiller
  • A. Peters
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Abstract

We report on a test of the isotropy of light propagation performed by comparing the resonance frequencies of two orthogonal cryogenic optical resonators subject to Earth’s rotation over ∼1 yr. The technical aspects of the experiment are discussed and the analysis of the data is presented in detail. For a possible anisotropy of the speed of light c, we obtain Δθc/c0=(2.6±1.7)×10-15. Within the general extension of the standard model of particle physics, we extract limits on seven parameters at accuracies down to 10-15, improving the best previous result by about two orders of magnitude. Within the Robertson–Mansouri–Sexl test theory, this implies an isotropy-violation parameter β-δ-1/2=(2.2±1.5)×10-9, about three times lower than the best previous result.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Müller
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Herrmann
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Braxmaier
    • 3
  • S. Schiller
    • 4
  • A. Peters
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für PhysikHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  3. 3.Astrium GmbHFriedrichshafenGermany
  4. 4.Institut für ExperimentalphysikHeinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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