Testing Quantum State Reduction via Cosmogenic Neutrinos

Publication Year:
2005
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2244
Author(s):
Christian, Joy
preprint description
It is pointed out that the Diosi-Penrose ansatz for gravity-induced quantum state reduction can be tested by observing oscillations in the flavor ratios of neutrinos originated at cosmological distances. Since such a test would be almost free of environmental decoherence, testing the ansatz by means of a next generation neutrino detector such as IceCube would be much cleaner than by experiments proposed so far involving superpositions of macroscopic systems. The proposed microscopic test would also examine the universality of superposition principle at unprecedented cosmological scales.