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Torsion-balance tests of the weak equivalence principle

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      We briefly summarize motivations for testing the weak equivalence principle and then review recent torsion-balance results that compare the differential accelerations of beryllium-aluminum and beryllium-titanium test body pairs with precisions at the part in \(10^{13}\) level. We discuss some implications of these results for the gravitational properties of antimatter and dark matter, and speculate about the prospects for further improvements in experimental sensitivity.

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            10 July 2012
            1207.2442
            10.1088/0264-9381/29/18/184002

            http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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            17 pages, 9 figures (in press Classical Quantum Gravity 2012)
            gr-qc hep-ex

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