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The search for an electric dipole in the neutron - why is it so difficult, and yet so impactful?

Add Event to your Calendar Fri., Feb. 4, 2022 3:30 p.m. - Fri., Feb. 4, 2022 3:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Abstract: Observations show us that our Universe is matter dominated. Were matter and antimatter in equilibrium, it all would have annihilated to lightand energy and things would be quite boring. Key to improving the understanding of this asymmetry between matter and antimatter are processes that involve CP-violation, that is the violation of the combined symmetries of charge conjugation (C) and parity transformation (P). The Standard Model of Particle Physics fails to explain the observed ratio between matter and antimatter by several orders of magnitude due to a lack of CP-violating processes. Thus, searches for those are very powerful beyond SM physicsprobes — like the search for a permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of the free neutron. A non-zero neutron EDM violates P and time reversal (T) symmetry. T-violation is equivalent to the CP-violation, taking the CPT theorem for granted. This constitutesa strong link to the matter-antimatter asymmetry described above! In this presentation I will introduce TRIUMF’s ultracold neutron facility (the tool of choice to search for a neutron EDM) and lay out the strategy of our collaboration on howto successfully hunt this elusive quantity and improve the sensitivity of state of the art measurements by one order of magnitude.

Speaker: Dr. Beatrice Franke, TRIUMF/UBC