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AEDGE: Atomic Experiment for Dark Matter and Gravity Exploration in Space

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Yousef Abou El-Neaj, Cristiano Alpigiani, Sana Amairi-Pyka, Henrique Araújo, Antun Balaž, Angelo Bassi, Lars Bathe-Peters, Baptiste Battelier, Aleksandar Belić, Elliot Bentine, José Bernabeu, Andrea Bertoldi, Robert Bingham, Diego Blas, Vasiliki Bolpasi, Kai Bongs, Sougato Bose, Philippe Bouyer, Themis Bowcock, William Bowden & 112 more Oliver Buchmueller, Clare Burrage, Xavier Calmet, Benjamin Canuel, Laurentiu Ioan Caramete, Andrew Carroll, Giancarlo Cella, Vassilis Charmandaris, Swapan Chattopadhyay, Xuzong Chen, Maria Luisa Chiofalo, Jonathon Coleman, Joseph Cotter, Yanou Cui, Andrei Derevianko, Albert De Roeck, Goran S. Djordjevic, Peter Dornan, Michael Doser, Ioannis Drougkakis, Jacob Dunningham, Ioana Dutan, Sajan Easo, Gedminas Elertas, John Ellis, Mai El Sawy, Farida Fassi, Daniel Felea, Chen Hao Feng, Robert Flack, Chris Foot, Ivette Fuentes, Naceur Gaaloul, Alexandre Gauguet, Remi Geiger, Valerie Gibson, Gian Giudice, Jon Goldwin, Oleg Grachov, Peter W. Graham, Dario Grasso, Maurits van der Grinten, Mustafa Gündogan, Martin G. Haehnelt, Tiffany Harte, Aurélien Hees, Richard Hobson, Jason Hogan, Bodil Holst, Michael Holynski, Mark Kasevich, Bradley J. Kavanagh, Wolf von Klitzing, Tim Kovachy, Benjamin Krikler, Markus Krutzik, Marek Lewicki, Yu Hung Lien, Miaoyuan Liu, Giuseppe Gaetano Luciano, Alain Magnon, Mohammed Attia Mahmoud, Sarah Malik, Christopher McCabe, Jeremiah Mitchell, Julia Pahl, Debapriya Pal, Saurabh Pandey, Dimitris Papazoglou, Mauro Paternostro, Bjoern Penning, Achim Peters, Marco Prevedelli, Vishnupriya Puthiya-Veettil, John Quenby, Ernst Rasel, Sean Ravenhall, Jack Ringwood, Albert Roura, Dylan Sabulsky, Muhammed Sameed, Ben Sauer, Stefan Alaric Schäffer, Stephan Schiller, Vladimir Schkolnik, Dennis Schlippert, Christian Schubert, Haifa Rejeb Sfar, Armin Shayeghi, Ian Shipsey, Carla Signorini, Yeshpal Singh, Marcelle Soares-Santos, Fiodor Sorrentino, Timothy Sumner, Konstantinos Tassis, Silvia Tentindo, Guglielmo Maria Tino, Jonathan N. Tinsley, James Unwin, Tristan Valenzuela, Georgios Vasilakis, Ville Vaskonen, Christian Vogt, Alex Webber-Date, André Wenzlawski, Patrick Windpassinger, Marian Woltmann, Efe Yazgan, Ming Sheng Zhan, Xinhao Zou, Jure Zupan

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalEPJ Quantum Technology
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

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Abstract

We propose in this White Paper a concept for a space experiment using cold atoms to search for ultra-light dark matter, and to detect gravitational waves in the frequency range between the most sensitive ranges of LISA and the terrestrial LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA/INDIGO experiments. This interdisciplinary experiment, called Atomic Experiment for Dark Matter and Gravity Exploration (AEDGE), will also complement other planned searches for dark matter, and exploit synergies with other gravitational wave detectors. We give examples of the extended range of sensitivity to ultra-light dark matter offered by AEDGE, and how its gravitational-wave measurements could explore the assembly of super-massive black holes, first-order phase transitions in the early universe and cosmic strings. AEDGE will be based upon technologies now being developed for terrestrial experiments using cold atoms, and will benefit from the space experience obtained with, e.g., LISA and cold atom experiments in microgravity. KCL-PH-TH/2019-65, CERN-TH-2019-126.

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