The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 54, Issue 3, pp 551–574 | Cite as

Parity violation in hydrogen and longitudinal atomic beam spin echo I

  • T. BergmannEmail author
  • M. DeKieviet
  • T. Gasenzer
  • O. Nachtmann
  • M.-I. Trappe
Atomic Physics


We discuss the propagation of hydrogen atoms in static electric and magnetic fields in a longitudinal atomic beam spin echo (lABSE) apparatus. There the atoms acquire geometric (Berry) phases that exhibit a new manifestation of parity-(P-)violation in atomic physics. We provide analytical as well as numerical calculations of the behaviour of the metastable 2S states of hydrogen. The conditions for electromagnetic field configurations that allow for adiabatic evolution of the relevant atomic states are investigated. Our results provide the theoretical basis for the discussion of possible measurements of P-violating geometric phases in lABSE experiments.


03.65.Vf Phases: geometric; dynamic or topological 11.30.Er Charge conjugation, parity, time reversal, and other discrete symmetries 31.70.Hq Time-dependent phenomena: excitation and relaxation processes, and reaction rates 32.80.Ys Weak-interaction effects in atoms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Bergmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. DeKieviet
    • 2
  • T. Gasenzer
    • 1
  • O. Nachtmann
    • 1
  • M.-I. Trappe
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Physikalisches Institut, Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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