International Workshop on


Galileo Galilei Institute

Arcetri, Firenze (Italy), September 28-30, 2006


DAY ZERO - September 27th, 2006 - Wednesday
16:00 - 20:00 Registration
19.00 Welcome Buffet
DAY ONE - September 28th, 2006 - Thursday
Opening Session
Time Speaker Title
9:00 - 9:10 -- Welcome
9:10 - 9:40 G. Veneziano, CERN Alternative theories of gravity and cosmology
9:40 - 10:10 S. Vitale, Trento Univ. LISA Pathfinder and LISA
10:10 - 10:40 O. Bertolami, IST Alternatives to dark energy and dark matter and their implications
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 L. Iess, Rome Univ. Testing General Relativity with interplanetary spacecraft
11:30 - 12:00 P. Gill, NPL Recent advances in atomic frequency standards and precision measurements
12:00 - 12:30 L. Cacciapuoti, ESA Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space
Lunch Break
Fundamental Physics Research with Clocks
Time Speaker Title
14:00 - 14:30 T.W. Haensch, MPQ A passion for precision
14:30 - 15:00 J. Ye, JILA Precision measurement based on ultracold atoms and molecules
15:00 - 15:30 P. Lemonde, SYRTE An accurate optical lattice clock with 87Sr atoms
Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:30 S. Bize, SYRTE Fundamental physics tests using rubidium and cesium fountains
16:30 - 17:00 E. Peik, PTB The 171Yb+ single-ion optical frequency standard at 688 THz
17:00 - 17:30 C. Chardonnet, Paris Univ. Long distance frequency dissemination at 10-18 level
17:30 - 18:00 E. Samain, OCA T2L2 on Jason 2: First results of the engineering model
Poster Session
DAY TWO - September 29th, 2006 - Friday
Matter-wave Interferometry and Precision Measurements
Time Speaker Title
8:30 - 9:00 M. Kasevich, Stanford Univ. Navigation, gravitation and cosmology with cold atom sensors
9:00 - 9:30 T. Schumm, Heidelberg Univ. Interference with Bose-Einstein condensates on atom chips
9:30 - 10:00 E. Rasel, Leibniz Univ. Quantum sensors for fundamental tests and applied sciences
10:00 - 10:20 A. Peters, Humboldt Univ. QUANTUS - Experiments with Bose-Einstein condesates in micro-gravity
10:20 - 10:40 P. Bouyer, IOTA New transportable atom inertial sensors and their applications to space experiments
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 C. Bordé, CNRS Comparison between optical interferometry and matter-wave interferometry, towards new sensors and clocks using matter-wave cavities for ground and space applications
11:30 - 12:00 G. Tino, Firenze Univ. Gravity tests by atom interferometry: Measurement of G and test of Newtonian law at micrometric distances
12:00 - 12:20 C. Schwob, LKB A new determination of the fine structure constant with cold rubidium atoms
12:20 - 12:40 J. Vigué, P. Sabatier Univ. Phase noise due to vibrations in Mach-Zehnder atom interferometers
Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:30 A. Lambrecht, LKB Short range tests of gravity and the Casimir effect
14:30 - 15:00 M. Antezza, Trento Univ. Thermal effects of the Casimir forces on ultra-cold gases
15:00 - 15:20 D. Vitali, Camerino Univ. Study of a quantum-limited force measurement through quantum Langevin equations
Coffee Break
Test of the Equivalence Principle and Relativity
Time Speaker Title
15:50 - 16:20 P. Bender, JILA Requirements for measuring the gravitational time delay between drag-free spacecraft
16:20 - 16:50 S. Schiller, Düsseldorf Univ. Proposal for a Gravity Explorer satellite mission
16:50 - 17:20 P. Touboul, ONERA MICROSCOPE status, mission definition and recent instrument development
17:20 - 17:50 A. Nobili, Pisa Univ. Galileo Galilei (GG) space experiment to test the Equivalence Principle to 10-17: design, error budget and relevance of experimental results with the GGG prototype
17:50 - 19:30 Round Table
19.30 Social Dinner
DAY THREE - September 30th, 2006 - Saturday
Experimental Gravitation in Space I
Time Speaker Title
8:30 - 9:00 W. Bencze, Stanford Univ. Gravity Probe B: Testing General Relativity with orbiting gyroscopes
9:00 - 9:30 H. Dittus, Bremen Univ. Is physics within the Solar System really understood?
9:30 - 10:00 S. Klioner, Lohrmann Obs. Fundamental physics with Gaia
10:00 - 10:20 M.T. Crosta,INAF General Relativistic Astrometry: The RAMOD project
10:20 - 10:40 P. Delva, Paris Obs. Gravitational waves detectors based on matter wave interferometry
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 J.Y. Vinet, OCA Two exotic uses of LISA
11:30 - 11:50 C. Wang, Aberdeen Univ. Probing Plank scale physics, cosmic acceleration and Equivalence Principle using atom interferometry
11:50 - 12:10 C. Nesvizhevsky, LL Studies of quantum states of neutrons in the Earth's gravitational field
12:10 - 12:30 S. Karshenboim, MPQ Conceptual problems in interpretation of searches for variation of fundamental constants and other 'new physics'
Lunch Break
Experimental Gravitation in Space II
Time Speaker Title
13:50 - 14:20 S. Turyshev, JPL Progress in the laser-enabled tests of gravity in the Solar System
14:20 - 14:40 P. Teyssandier, Paris Obs. General post-Minkowskian expansions of time delays and frequency shifts
14:40 - 15:10 I. Ciufolini, Lecce Univ. Gravitomagnetism and its measurement
15:10 - 15:30 C. Cantone, LNF The INFN-LNF Space Climatic Facility for the LARES mission and the ETRUSCO project
Coffee Break
15:50 - 16:20 M. Jaekel, LPT Pioneer anomaly and post-Einsteinian theory
16:20 - 16:40 L. Iorio, Bari Univ. The Pioneer anomaly and the motion of the outer planets of the Solar System
16:40 - 17:00 C. Trenkel, Imperial College GAUGE, a Cosmic Vision proposal: GrAnd Unification And Gravity Explorer
17:00 - 17:30 B. Schutz, MPG LISA and its possible Successors