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Abstract: Optomechanical systems are the most massive quantum systems that can be controlled in the laboratory to-date. As such, they make for excellent candidates for testing fundamental physics such as quantum mechanics and gravity/relativity, as well as for sensing applications in space. The space-based tests/applications range from large-mass matter-wave interferometry experiments, such as the proposed MAQRO mission, which recently has seen a technical evaluation by ESA, to internal navigation systems and frequency conversion systems for spacecrafts.
In this panel discussion, we will discuss what technical and community advances might be necessary to put optomechanics into space, and which technologies can be considered space heritage extant from for instance cold atomic, photonic and mechanical space applications.