Time Reversal Violation in the YBF Molecule
Quantum electrodynamics is astonishingly accurate in its predictions of atomic and molecular phenomena and is the most successful physical theory to date. The standard model of elementary particle physics incorporates the additional effects of weak and strong interactions by generalizing the ideas of QED to make a quantum field theory of these three fundamental forces. Although the standard model has been extremely successful at explaining both particle physics and physics at the low energy scale of atoms and molecules, there is great interest in extensions to the standard model that would, for example, predict its arbitrary parameters such as the particle masses.  It may seem surprising that measurement of a simple molecular system could probe physics beyond the standard model, but that is the strategy our group at Sussex is pursuing; we are measuring the electric dipole moment (edm) of the electron.
KeywordsHiggs Boson Applied Electric Field Electric Dipole Moment Physic Today Stray Magnetic Field
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