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Probing the Quantum Coherent Behaviour of Gravity

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A lack of empirical evidence has lead to a debate on whether gravity is a quantum entity. Motivated by this, I will present a feasible idea for such a test based on the principle that two objects cannot be entangled without a quantum mediator. I will show that despite the weakness of gravity, the phase evolution induced by the gravitational interaction of two micron size test masses in adjacent matter-wave interferometers can detectably entangle them even when they are placed far apart enough to keep Casimir-Polder forces at bay. A prescription for witnessing this entanglement, which certifies gravity as a quantum coherent mediator, is also provided and can be measured through simple spin correlations. As an addendum, we will show that the type of matter wave interferometers with mesoscopic masses that we have proposed are also of use in designing compact (meter scale) detectors for low frequency gravitational waves.

This talk is part of the CQIF Seminar series.

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