Argonne Physics Division Seminar - 3:30 PM, 23 May 2016

Building 203, Conference Room R-150

^{6}He β-decay has long been studied for its high sensitivity to exotic tensor-like contributions to the weak interaction which would indicate physics beyond the Standard Model. Recent upgrades of the production and the laser trapping systems for the ^{6}He experiment at CENPA have allowed to detect β-recoil ion coincidence rates of up to 4 Hz from laser trapped ^{6}He. Parallel developments have also improved the stability of the setup and reduced the associated systematic effects. Early March this year, a set of about 500.000 coincidences has been collected within less than 3 days of data taking along with appropriate calibration data. This set of data represents the statistic needed to measure the β-ν angular correlation coefficient, a_{βν}, with a statistical uncertainty at the 1% level which will add constraints on tensor-like interactions. The analysis is now under process and will soon reveal the ability of our experiment to measure a_{βν}. In parallel, shake-off probabilities can be measured independently of the value of a_{βν} and set tight constraints on atomic calculations.

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