I. J. SMALLMAN, J. A. DEVLIN, D. M. KARA, J. J. HUDSON, B. E. SAUER, M. R. TARBUTT, E. A. HINDS, Centre for Cold Matter, Imperial College London, The Blackett Laboratory, London, SW72BW.
It is well known that the existence of an electron electric dipole moment (eEDM) would violate time reversal symmetry. The Standard Model predicts an eEDM less than 10-38e.cm, however many popular extensions predict values in the range 10-29-10-24e.cm. Our experiment currently has the potential to measure eEDMs down to approximately 10-29e.cm, making it a precise probe for T-violation and physics beyond the Standard Model.
We measure the eEDM by performing a type of separated oscillating field interferometry on a pulsed beam of YbF. The molecules are prepared such that the molecular spin is oriented perpendicular to an applied strong (10kV/cm) electric field. The spin is then allowed to precess about the electric field axis over a 0.5ms interaction period. We measure this angle of rotation, which is directly proportional to the eEDM. In order to measure the eEDM precisely and without error we use a complex switching technique wherein certain parameters, including the applied electric and magnetic fields, are reversed between individual molecular pulses. I will present our current technique and our most recent world leading result.