Table-top Fundamental Physics

Science / Physics

Astronomical observations have revealed that our most comprehensive theory of nature, the standard model of particle physics, is not all-encompassing. The existence of dark matter, which is necessary to explain large-scale structures in the universe, suggests the potential presence of new physical phenomena that can be virtually measured in small-scale experiments.

This paper outlines an experiment conducted at PUC-Rio to explore potential new interactions associated with dark matter, perhaps observable at micrometric scales. The experiment uses a force and displacement sensor that leverages the principles of quantum mechanics. The advancement of this technology not only facilitates the search for new physical phenomena but also inaugurates a novel field of research in Brazil—quantum opto-mechanics. This field holds diverse applications in metrology, quantum information, and materials science.

Amount invested

R$ 100,689.50

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  • Topics
  • Metrology
  • Particle physics
  • Quantum information