PRISMA+ Colloquium

July 12, 2017 at 1 p.m. in Lorentz-Raum 05-127, Staudingerweg 7

Prof. Dr. Tobias Hurth
Institut für Physik, THEP

New searches for exotic spin-dependent interactions
Prof. F. J. Kimball (California State University)

The possible existence of new light bosons such as axions and axion-like particles (ALPs) is motivated by some of the most important mysteries in modern physics: the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the strong-CP problem, the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe, the hierarchy problem, and the unification of fundamental forces. Precision measurements of atomic spin precession can be used to search for ALPs in a variety of ways.
This talk focuses on recent experiments searching for exotic spin-dependent interactions, including a new measurement of the gravitational dipole moment of the proton and a novel proposal utilizing a micron-scale, precessing ferromagnetic needle to search for such interactions with unprecedented sensitivity.