Time: Wednesday 8 April 2015 – 2:00pm
Place: New Horizons (Building 82), Theatre G29 (map)
Probing physics at TeV by measuring aeV
Professor Ed Hinds FRS, Imperial College
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.