Matt Dietrich, Northwestern University
The Search for Radium's Electric Dipole Moment
Argonne Physics Division Seminar - 10:00 AM, Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Building 203, Conference Room R-150

Electric dipole moments (EDMs) are signatures of time-reversal, parity, and charge-parity (CP) violation, which makes them a sensitive probe of expected new physics beyond the Standard Model. No experiment has yet observed a non-zero EDM to challenge the Standard Model. Due to its large nuclear octupole deformation and high atomic mass, the radioactive 225Ra isotope is a favorable EDM case; it is particularly sensitive to T-violating interactions in the nuclear medium. We have developed a cold-atom approach of studying the spin precession of the 225Ra atoms held in an optical dipole trap, and demonstrated the method by completing a preliminary measurement of its atomic EDM. This initial result will be discussed, along with short and long term upgrades that are expected to improve significantly on it.

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