May 29, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Conference Center
US/Pacific timezone

Precision Atomic Tests of Physics Beyond the Standard Model

May 31, 2018, 4:10 PM
East Foyer | Larkspur/Mesquite Rooms (Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Conference Center)

East Foyer | Larkspur/Mesquite Rooms

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Conference Center

44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210, USA


Holger Mueller


We will give an overview of atomic precision measurements as tests of physics beyond the Standard Model, such as searches for "fifth forces", tests of fundamental symmetries with clocks, and searches for an electric dipole moment of the electron. In particular, measurements of the fine structure constant $\alpha$ use methods from across sub-fields and are thus powerful tests of the consistency of theory and experiment in physics. Using the recoil frequency of cesium-133 atoms in a matter-wave interferometer, we report the most accurate measurement, $\alpha = 1/137.035999046(27)$, at $2.0\times 10^{-10}$ accuracy. Comparison with Penning-trap measurements of the electron gyromagnetic anomaly $g-2$ via the Standard Model is now limited by the uncertainty in $g-2$; a 2.5-sigma tension has implications for dark sector candidates and electron substructure may be a sign of physics beyond the Standard Model that warrants further investigation.
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