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Gravitational and Relativistic Physics (GRP)

    FUTURE: BEC EDM-X PARCS RACE SALSMW-G
    PAST:   None
PRESENT: Ongoing Research
Ongoing Research

Laser Cooled Atomic Physics, while based on physics experiments preformed in the 1940s, is a very young field of research dating from about 1980. Three physics Nobel prizes have been awarded for this field since that date, demonstrating the excitement that the new results have generated in the community of physicists.

The Fundamental Physics research program presently supports four flight experiments and nineteen ground-based experiments in LCAP. The four flight experiments are described in the write-ups for PARCS, RACE, BEC, and SMW-G. The first flight for PARCS is expected to occur in 2003. PARCS will demonstrate the technology development of the ultra-stable clock, plus the experiment will provide tests of Gravitation and Relativity Physics. Other experiments in this field will examine the standard model of physics, providing tests of ideas such as time reversal symmetry (Can experiments run backward as well as forward in time?).



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