Bateman et al. dark matter model in the news
As previously reported, Bateman, McHardy, Merle, Morris, and Ulbricht ran with the idea of detecting dark matter with large quantum superpositions and have proposed an explicit dark matter model that could be tested by the proposed MAQRO satellite . That paper is now in print , and it has gotten a bit of press!
Top: What space looks like right now. Pretty boring. Bottom left: The innards of the LPF science spacecraft, on which the MAQRO experiment would be built. Bottom right: MAQRO in space. Cf. top image. Notice the change in awesomeness.
All aboard the hype train! If this satellite gets built, it WILL discover dark matter, and probably extra dimensions, a solution to the is-ought problem, and the secret to true happiness.
EDIT 2015-2-16: Here is a copy of the proposal recently submitted by the MAQRO consortium, led by Rainer Kaltenbaek, for the M4 satellite mission slot with the European Space Agency.
EDIT 2015-3-10: I was bummed to find out that MAQRO did not make the short list for the M4 slot. The updated version of the proposal is now available on the arXiv. Hats off to Rainer for the excellent submission. Here’s looking to M5, just 36 months down the road!
Bateman, James, Ian McHardy, Alexander Merle, Tim R. Morris, and Hendrik Ulbricht. 2015. “On the Existence of Low-Mass Dark Matter and Its Direct Detection.” Scientific Reports
5 (January): 8058. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep08058
Riedel, C. Jess. 2013. “Direct Detection of Classically Undetectable Dark Matter through Quantum Decoherence.” Physical Review D
88 (11): 116005. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.88.116005
Kaltenbaek, Rainer, Gerald Hechenblaikner, Nikolai Kiesel, Oriol Romero-Isart, Keith C. Schwab, Ulrich Johann, and Markus Aspelmeyer. 2012. “Macroscopic Quantum Resonators (MAQRO).” Experimental Astronomy
34 (2): 123–64. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10686-012-9292-3