General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 615–649 | Cite as

Review: Experiments in Fundamental Physics Scheduled and in Development for the ISS

  • C. Lämmerzahl
  • G. Ahlers
  • N. Ashby
  • M. Barmatz
  • P. L. Biermann
  • H. Dittus
  • V. Dohm
  • R. Duncan
  • K. Gibble
  • J. Lipa
  • N. Lockerbie
  • N. Mulders
  • C. Salomon


This is a review of those experiments in the area of Fundamental Physics that are either approved by ESA and NASA, or are currently under development, which are to be performed in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. These experiments cover the physics of liquid Helium (SUE, BEST, MISTE, DYNAMX, and EXACT), ultrastable atomic clocks (PHARAO, PARCS, RACE), ultrastable microwave resonators (SUMO), and particle detectors (AMS and EUSO). The scientific goals are to study more precisely the universality properties of liquid Helium under microgravity conditions, to establish better time standards and to test the universality of the gravitational red shift, to make more precise tests of the constancy of the speed of light, and to measure the particle content in space directly without disturbances from the Earth's inner atmosphere.

ISS microgravity Special Relativity General Relativity speed of light gravitational red shift renormalization group-theory liquid Helium high energy cosmic rays 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Lämmerzahl
    • 1
  • G. Ahlers
    • 2
  • N. Ashby
    • 3
  • M. Barmatz
    • 4
  • P. L. Biermann
    • 5
  • H. Dittus
    • 1
  • V. Dohm
    • 6
  • R. Duncan
    • 7
  • K. Gibble
    • 8
  • J. Lipa
    • 9
  • N. Lockerbie
    • 10
  • N. Mulders
    • 11
  • C. Salomon
    • 12
  1. 1.Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity ZARMUniversity of Bremen, Am FallturmBremenGermany
  2. 2.iQUEST and Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.Physics DepartmentUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  4. 4.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  5. 5.Max-Planck-Institute for Radio AstronomyBonnGermany
  6. 6.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsAachen UniversityAachenGermany
  7. 7.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  8. 8.Department of PhysicsPenn State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  9. 9.Physics DepartmentStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  10. 10.Department of Physics and Applied PhysicsUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowScotlandUnited Kingdom
  11. 11.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  12. 12.Département de physique de l'Ecole Normale SupérieureLaboratoire Kastler BrosselParisFrance

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