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Progress on the Radium EDM Experiment

January 14, 2013 3:30PM to 4:30PM
Matt Dietrich (PHY)
Building 203, Room R150
Physics Division Seminar
Radium, due to its simple atomic structure, heavy mass, and large nuclear deformation, is an exciting candidate for a CP violation search. CP violation is expected to play an important role in beyond the stand model physics. Here at Argonne, an ongoing search for the nuclear Schiff moment of laser cooled and trapped radium-225 atoms has made considerable progress in recent years. Here I report the control and preparation of such atoms as well as the first observation of nuclear precession in trapped radium atoms. Together with the application of an electric field, nuclear precession is the signal that will become the first measurement of radium's Schiff moment.