Despite the unquestionable empirical success of quantum theory, witnessed by the recent uprising of quantum technologies, the debate on how to reconcile the theory with the macroscopic classical world is still open. Spontaneous collapse models are one of the few testable solutions so far proposed. In particular, the continuous spontaneous localization (CSL) model has become subject of intense experimental research. Experiments looking for the universal force noise predicted by CSL in ultrasensitive mechanical resonators have recently set the strongest unambiguous bounds on CSL. Further improving these experiments by direct reduction of mechanical noise is technically challenging. Here, we implement a recently proposed alternative strategy that aims at enhancing the CSL noise by exploiting a multilayer test mass attached on a high quality factor microcantilever. The test mass is specifically designed to enhance the effect of CSL noise at the characteristic length r(c) =10(-7) m. The measurements arc in good agreement with pure thermal motion for temperatures down to 100 mK. From the absence of excess noise, we infer a new bound on the collapse rate at the characteristic length r(c) = 10(-7) m, which improves over previous mechanical experiments by more than 1 order of magnitude. Our results explicitly challenge a well-motivated region of the CSL parameter space proposed by Adler.

Narrowing the Parameter Space of Collapse Models with Ultracold Layered Force Sensors / Vinante, A; Carlesso, M; Bassi, A; Chiasera, A; Varas, S; Falferi, P; Margesin, B; Mezzena, R; Ulbricht, H. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. - ISSN 0031-9007. - 125:10(2020), p. 100404. [10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.100404]

Narrowing the Parameter Space of Collapse Models with Ultracold Layered Force Sensors

Vinante, A;Chiasera, A;Margesin, B;Mezzena, R;
2020-01-01

Abstract

Despite the unquestionable empirical success of quantum theory, witnessed by the recent uprising of quantum technologies, the debate on how to reconcile the theory with the macroscopic classical world is still open. Spontaneous collapse models are one of the few testable solutions so far proposed. In particular, the continuous spontaneous localization (CSL) model has become subject of intense experimental research. Experiments looking for the universal force noise predicted by CSL in ultrasensitive mechanical resonators have recently set the strongest unambiguous bounds on CSL. Further improving these experiments by direct reduction of mechanical noise is technically challenging. Here, we implement a recently proposed alternative strategy that aims at enhancing the CSL noise by exploiting a multilayer test mass attached on a high quality factor microcantilever. The test mass is specifically designed to enhance the effect of CSL noise at the characteristic length r(c) =10(-7) m. The measurements arc in good agreement with pure thermal motion for temperatures down to 100 mK. From the absence of excess noise, we infer a new bound on the collapse rate at the characteristic length r(c) = 10(-7) m, which improves over previous mechanical experiments by more than 1 order of magnitude. Our results explicitly challenge a well-motivated region of the CSL parameter space proposed by Adler.
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Vinante, A; Carlesso, M; Bassi, A; Chiasera, A; Varas, S; Falferi, P; Margesin, B; Mezzena, R; Ulbricht, H
Narrowing the Parameter Space of Collapse Models with Ultracold Layered Force Sensors / Vinante, A; Carlesso, M; Bassi, A; Chiasera, A; Varas, S; Falferi, P; Margesin, B; Mezzena, R; Ulbricht, H. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. - ISSN 0031-9007. - 125:10(2020), p. 100404. [10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.100404]
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