The team used an atom interferometer
to test whether there were any extra forces that could be the fifth force acting on an atom.
'When the atoms are ultra-cold we have to use quantum mechanics to describe how they move, and this allows us to make what we call an atom interferometer
,' explained Dr Joseph Cotter, also of the Centre for Cold Matter at Imperial College London.
Furthermore, the g value of Florence was measured in situ with the Atom Interferometer
by the group of Tino [5, 6].
He and his group also developed a new atom interferometer
that exceeded the accuracy of the most accurate commercial inertial sensors.
Now, a new experiment in an atom interferometer
measures this slowdown 10,000 times more accurately than before, and finds it to be exactly what Einstein predicted.
Physicists are even rallying to put an atom interferometer
in orbit to test theories like Einstein's general relativity with unparalleled exactness.
Because the atoms move much more slowly than photons, an atom interferometer
of the same dimensions as one based on a light laser has the potential to be 10 billion times more sensitive in measurements of the rotation of Earth or other objects, scientists say.
In an atom interferometer
, for example, "each atom has been split and is going both ways at once," explains David E.
It is this unique property that scientists use to create extremely sensitive atom interferometers
, which contain a cloud of BEC suspended in a chamber.