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Publication Citation: Testing Local Position Invariance with Four H Masers AND Four Cs Fountains

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Author(s): Neil Ashby; Thomas P. Heavner; Steven R. Jefferts; A Radnaev; Y Dudin;
Title: Testing Local Position Invariance with Four H Masers AND Four Cs Fountains
Published: May 28, 2007
Abstract: We report the most sensitive tests to date of the assumption of local position invariance (LPI) underlying general relativity, based on a seven year comparison of cesium and hydrogen atomic clocks (frequency standards). The latest results place an upper limit that is over 20 times smaller than the previous most sensitive tests; this is consistent with the null shift predicted by LPI. The result is based on precise comparisons of frequencies of four hydrogen masers maintained by NIST, with four independent Cs fountain clocks - one at NIST and three in Europe - as the Sun's gravitational potential at Earth's surface varies due to Earth's orbital eccentricity.
Proceedings: Proc. 2007 Joint Mtg. IEEE Intl. Freq. Cont. Symp. and EFTF Conf.
Pages: pp. 355 - 356
Location: Geneva, CH
Dates: May 28-June 1, 2007
Keywords: atomic clocks;general relativity
Research Areas: Physics
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