Physics at Virginia

"A New Search on Neutron Electric Dipole Moment"

Haiyan Gao , Duke University
[Host: Simonetta Liuti]
A new experiment is being planned to search for the neutron Electric Dipole Moment (EDM) with an unprecedented sensitivity. The proposed search aims at a two orders of magnitude improvement over the current experimental limit. A search for a non-zero value of the neutron EDM is a direct search of the time reversal symmetry (T) violation. It provides a unique insight into CP violation because of the CPT theorem. The Standard Model (SM) prediction for the neutron EDM is below the current experimental limit by six orders of magnitude. However, many proposed models of electroweak interaction which are extensions beyond the SM predict much larger values of neutron EDM. The new experiment has the potential to reduce the acceptable range of predictions by two orders of magnitude. Furthermore, if new sources of CP violation are present in nature beyond the Standard Model and are relevant to hadronic systems, this experiment offers a unique opportunity to measure a non-zero value of neutron EDM. The current understanding of the baryogenesis suggests that other sources of CP violation might exist in nature beyond the Standard Model and beyond what have been observed so far. To explain the baryon number asymmetry in the universe through the grand unified theory or electroweak baryogenesis, substantial New Physics in the CP violation sector is required. In this talk, I will discuss this new experiment following a brief review of previous neutron EDM experiments.
Friday, April 6, 2007
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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