Probing physics at TeV by measuring aeV
Prof Edward A. Hinds, Imperial College London, UK
Cold atoms and molecules provide a sensitive way to search for new physics, e.g. variation of fundamental constants, dark energy, or new elementary particles. Laser cooling, already very successful in cooling atoms, can now be applied to molecules, bringing extraordinary new sensitivity to tests of fundamental physics. I will illustrate some of these ideas, with particular emphasis on the search for a permanent electric dipole moment of the electron, which now provides a strong constraint on possible super-symmetric theories of particle physics.
The Distinguished Lecturer Series (DLS) follows a colloquium format for a broad audience and will be followed by a reception to provide an opportunity for meeting the speaker.