Experimental Tests of Quantum Mechanics: Pauli Exclusion Principle and Spontaneous Collapse Models
The Pauli exclusion principle (PEP), as a consequence or the spin-statistics connection, is one of the basic principles of the modern physics. Being at the very basis of our understanding of matter, it spurs a lively debate on its possible limits, deeply rooted as it is in the very foundations of Quantum Field Theory. The VIP (VIolation of the Pauli exclusion principle) experiment is searching for a possible small violation of the PEP for electrons, using the method of searching for Pauli Exclusion Principle forbidden atomic transitions in copper. We describe the experimental method and the obtained results; we briefly present future plans to go beyond the actual limit by upgrading the experiment using vetoed new spectroscopic fast Silicon Drift Detectors. We also mention the possibility of using a similar experimental technique to search for possible X-rays generated in the spontaneous collapse models of quantum mechanics.
KeywordsPauli Exclusion Principle Silicon Drift Detector Good Energy Resolution Collapse Model Small Violation
The VIP Collaboration wishes to thank all the LNGS laboratory staff for the precious help and assistance during all phases of preparation, installation and data taking. The support from the HadronPhysics2 FP7 (227431), from the MIUR PRIN2008 2008LH2X28_004 and from COST1006, Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics projects is acknowledged.
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