Wick Haxton

INT, University of Washington

Probing Time-odd Moments in Atoms and Nuclei


Within the next year limits on the electric dipole moment of atomic mercury are expected to reach well below 10^{-28} e-cm. I discuss the relationship between such measurements and the underlying mechanisms for time(T)-reversal-violation in nuclei. Certain nuclear species -- both stable and unstable -- can exhibit enhanced sensitivities to T-odd interactions because of ground-state parity doublets: I discuss several cases and some opportunities for ancillary experiments that might constrain the nuclear responses.


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