Improved constraints on minimum length models with a macroscopic low loss phonon cavity

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Abstract

Many theories that attempt to formulate a quantum description of gravity suggest the existence of a fundamental minimum length scale. A popular method for incorporating this minimum length is through a modification of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle known as the generalized uncertainty principle (GUP). Experimental tests of the GUP applied to composite systems can be performed by searching for the induced frequency perturbations of the modes of mechanical resonators, thus constraining the degree of minimum length in certain scenarios. In this work previous constraints made with mechanical resonators are improved upon by three orders of magnitude, via the utilization of a cryogenic quartz bulk acoustic wave resonator. As well as purely mechanical resonant modes, hybrid electromechanical antiresonant modes are investigated and shown to be sensitive to the same GUP induced effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102006
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume108
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2023

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