Whispering Gallery Resonators and Tests of Lorentz Invariance

P. Wolf, Michael Tobar, S. Bize, A. Clairon, Andre Luiten, G. Santarelli

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The frequencies of a cryogenic sapphire oscillator and a hydrogen maser are compared to set new constraints on a possible violation of Lorentz invariance. We give a detailed description of microwave resonators operating in Whispering Gallery modes and then apply it to derive explicit models for Lorentz violating effects in our experiment. Models are calculated in the theoretical framework of Robertson, Mansouri and Sexl (RMS) and in the standard model extension (SME) of Kostelecky and co-workers. We constrain the parameters of the RMS test theory to 1/2-beta(MS)+delta(MS)=(1.2+/-2.2)x10(-9) and beta(MS)-alpha(MS)-1=(1.6+/-3.0)x10(-7) which is of the same order as the best results from other experiments for the former and represents a 70 fold improvement for the latter. These results correspond to an improvement of our previously published limits [Wolf P. et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 6, 060402, (2003)] by about a factor 2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2351-2372
JournalGeneral Relativity and Gravitation
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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