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Probing antimatter gravity – The AEGIS experiment at CERN

Kellerbauer, A. (Heidelberg, Max Planck Inst.) ; Aghion, S. (INFN, Milan) ; Amsler, C. (Bern U., LHEP) ; Ariga, A. (Bern U., LHEP) ; Ariga, T. (Bern U., LHEP) ; Bonomi, G. (INFN, Pavia) ; Bräunig, P. (Kirchhoff Inst. Phys.) ; Bremer, J. (CERN) ; Brusa, R.S. (TIFPA-INFN, Trento) ; Cabaret, L. (CSNSM, Orsay) ; Caccia, M. (Insubria U., Como) ; Caravita, R. (INFN, Genoa) ; Castelli, F. (Milan U.) ; Cerchiari, G. (Heidelberg, Max Planck Inst.) ; Chlouba, K. (Milan U.) ; Cialdi, S. (Milan U.) ; Comparat, D. (CSNSM, Orsay) ; Consolati, G. (INFN, Milan) ; Demetrio, A. (Kirchhoff Inst. Phys.) ; Di Noto, L. (INFN, Genoa) ; Doser, M. (CERN) ; Dudarev, A. (CERN) ; Ereditato, A. (Bern U., LHEP) ; Evans, C. (INFN, Milan) ; Ferragut, R. (INFN, Milan) ; Fesel, J. (CERN) ; Fontana, A. (INFN, Pavia) ; Gerber, S. (CERN) ; Giammarchi, M. (INFN, Milan) ; Gligorova, A. (Bergen U.) ; Guatieri, F. (TIFPA-INFN, Trento) ; Haider, S. (CERN) ; Holmestad, H. (Oslo U.) ; Huse, T. (Oslo U.) ; Jordan, E. (Heidelberg, Max Planck Inst.) ; Kimura, M. (Bern U., LHEP) ; Koettig, T. (CERN) ; Krasnický, D. (INFN, Genoa) ; Lagomarsino, V. (INFN, Genoa) ; Lansonneur, P. (Lyon, IPN) ; Lebrun, P. (Lyon, IPN) ; Lehner, S. (Stefan Meyer Inst. Subatomare Phys.) ; Liberadzka, J. (CERN) ; Malbrunot, C. (Stefan Meyer Inst. Subatomare Phys.) ; Mariazzi, S. (Stefan Meyer Inst. Subatomare Phys.) ; Matveev, V. (Dubna, JINR) ; Mazzotta, Z. (Milan U.) ; Nebbia, G. (INFN, Padua) ; Nédélec, P. (Lyon, IPN) ; Oberthaler, M. (Kirchhoff Inst. Phys.) ; Pacifico, N. (Bergen U.) ; Pagano, D. (INFN, Pavia) ; Penasa, L. (TIFPA-INFN, Trento) ; Petráček, V. (Prague, Tech. U.) ; Pistillo, C. (Bern U., LHEP) ; Prelz, F. (INFN, Milan) ; Prevedelli, M. (Bologna U.) ; Ravelli, L. (TIFPA-INFN, Trento) ; Rienäcker, B. (CERN) ; Røhne, O.M. (Oslo U.) ; Rotondi, A. (Pavia U.) ; Sacerdoti, M. (Milan U.) ; Sandaker, H. (Oslo U.) ; Santoro, R. (Insubria U., Como) ; Scampoli, P. (Naples U.) ; Smestad, L. (SI, Oslo) ; Sorrentino, F. (INFN, Genoa) ; Špaček, M. (Prague, Tech. U.) ; Storey, J. (Bern U., LHEP) ; Strojek, I.M. (Prague, Tech. U.) ; Testera, G. (INFN, Genoa) ; Tietje, I. (Berlin, Tech. U.) ; Widmann, E. (Stefan Meyer Inst. Subatomare Phys.) ; Yzombard, P. (CSNSM, Orsay) ; Zavatarelli, S. (INFN, Genoa) ; Zmeskal, J. (Stefan Meyer Inst. Subatomare Phys.) ; Zurlo, N. (INFM, Brescia)

Published in: EPJ Web Conf.
Year: 2016
Vol.: 126
Page No: 02016
Pages: 10
Year: 2016-11-04 published

Abstract: The weak equivalence principle states that the motion of a body in a gravitational field is independent of its structure or composition. This postulate of general relativity has been tested to very high precision with ordinary matter, but no relevant experimental verification with antimatter has ever been carried out. The AEGIS experiment will measure the gravitational acceleration of antihydrogen to ultimately 1% precision. For this purpose, a pulsed horizontal antihydrogen beam with a velocity of several 100 m s^-1 will be produced. Its vertical deflection due to gravity will be detected by a setup consisting of material gratings coupled with a position-sensitive detector, operating as a moire deflectometer or an atom interferometer. The AEGIS experiment is installed at CERN's Antiproton Decelerator, currently the only facility in the world which produces copious amounts of low-energy antiprotons. The construction of the setup has been going on since 2010 and is nearing completion. A proof-of-principle experiment with antiprotons has demonstrated that the deflection of antiparticles by a few mum due to an external force can be detected. Technological and scientific development pertaining to specific challenges of the experiment, such as antihydrogen formation by positronium charge exchange or the position-sensitive detection of antihydrogen annihilations, is ongoing.

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DOI: 10.1051/epjconf/201612602016
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