Post-Newtonian gravitational effects in optical interferometry

Aharon Brodutch, Alexei Gilchrist, Thomas Guff, Alexander R H Smith, Daniel R. Terno

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We investigate general optical interferometry in stationary spacetimes focusing on quantum-optical experiments in near-Earth environments. We provide a rigorous expression for the gravitationally induced phase difference and adapt the parametrized post-Newtonian formalism for calculations of polarization rotation. We investigate two optical versions of the Colella-Overhauser-Werner experiment and show that the phase difference is independent of the post-Newtonian parameter γ, making it a possible candidate for an optical test of the Einstein equivalence principle. Polarization rotation provides an example of the quantum clock variable and, while related to the optical Lense-Thirring effects, shows a qualitatively different behavior from them.

Original languageEnglish
Article number064041
Pages (from-to)064041-1-064041-13
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2015


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