Testing Lorentz invariance using rotating cryogenic sapphire oscillators

Stephen R. Parker, M. Nagel, E. Kovalchuk, Paul L. Stanwix, Eugene N. Ivanov, John G. Hartnett, A. Peters, Michael E. Tobar

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A cryogenic sapphire oscillator exploits the remarkable properties of sapphire dielectric at low temperatures to generate a microwave frequency signal with a fractional frequency stability of parts in 10−16 for integration times on the order of hundreds of seconds. We describe an experimental test of Lorentz invariance in electrodynamics that searches for orientation dependent deviations in the speed of light by comparing the frequencies of two actively rotated orthogonally aligned cryogenic sapphire oscillators. Data has been collected for over one year allowing us to set the most stringent laboratory bound on the isotropy of the speed of light and constrain multiple Lorentz violating parameters of a Standard Model extension framework.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAPR14 Meeting of The American Physical Society - Savannah, United States
Duration: 5 Apr 20148 Apr 2014


ConferenceAPR14 Meeting of The American Physical Society
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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