Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium

Topic: 
Can We Find 10 TeV Particles Using Sub Millihertz Spectroscopy? Looking for the Electron's Electric Dipole Moment in Trapped Molecular Ions
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
Hewlett 201
Speaker: 
Eric Cornell (Univ. of Colorado)
Abstract / Description: 

Any competent scientific editor will scribble "redundant terminology!" in the margin next to the phrase "10^{-15} femtometers". But that is indeed the current experimental upper limit on the distance between an electron's center-of-mass and its center-of-charge. There are several good reasons to imagine that these two locations might not be at exactly the same place inside this nominally "point particle." At JILA, we hope to improve the experimental limit by a factor of ten. If we see a nonzero value, that will be evidence for new particle physics at an interesting energy scale.


 

Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 201.

Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.

 

Winter 2015/2016, Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), T. Heinz, L. Hollberg, K. Irwin