Microgravity Science and Technology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 529–538 | Cite as

Testing Fundamental Physics with Degenerate Quantum Gases in Microgravity

  • Sven HerrmannEmail author
  • Ertan Göklü
  • Hauke Müntinga
  • Andreas Resch
  • Tim van Zoest
  • Hansjörg Dittus
  • Claus Lämmerzahl
Original Article


The realization of a Bose Einstein condensate in the Bremen drop tower as achieved by the QUANTUS collaboration in 2007 has added a new field to microgravity research: the study of freely evolving degenerate quantum gases at largely extended evolution times. Here we give an outlook on some experiments that could be done with such ultra-cold quantum gases in this unique laboratory and on other microgravity platforms to study fundamental physics questions. In particular we consider experiments that could employ the increased precision of matter wave interferometers in microgravity to search for low-energy phenomena of quantum gravity.


Fundamental physics Precision measurements Quantum gravity Matterwave optics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Herrmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ertan Göklü
    • 1
  • Hauke Müntinga
    • 1
  • Andreas Resch
    • 1
  • Tim van Zoest
    • 2
  • Hansjörg Dittus
    • 2
  • Claus Lämmerzahl
    • 1
  1. 1.Center of Applied Space TechnologyUniversität BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für RaumfahrtsystemeBremenGermany

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