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Parity Nonconservation in Atoms and Searches for Permanent Electric Dipole Moments

  • Eugene D. Commins


In this paper, I would like to discuss briefly two separate but related subjects: parity nonconservation in atoms, and the search for permanent electric dipole moments. Both are of considerable interest in elementary particle physics, but in each case the methods of investigation are those of low-energy physics: optical pumping, spectroscopy, atomic beams, and magnetic resonance. The laser, that wonderful invention of Charles Townes and others, plays a crucial role in most of the experiments to be described. Those who work in this field therefore owe Townes a considerable debt, as do so many other researchers in diverse branches of science.


External Electric Field Electric Dipole Moment Atomic Beam Permanent Electric Dipole Moment Parity Nonconservation 
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