First EDM measurement of radium /

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Author / Creator:Parker, Richard, author.
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2015
Description:1 electronic resource (164 pages)
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago. degree granting institution.
Notes:Advisors: Zheng-Tian Lu Committee members: Ed Blucher; Cheng Chin; Richard Hill.
Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-02(E), Section: B.
Summary:The radioactive radium-225 (225Ra) atom is a favorable case to search for a permanent electric dipole moment (EDM). Due to its strong nuclear octupole deformation and large atomic mass, 225Ra is particularly sensitive to interactions in the nuclear medium that violate both time-reversal symmetry and parity. We have developed a cold-atom technique to study the spin precession of 225Ra atoms held in an optical dipole trap, and demonstrated the principle of this method by completing the first measurement of its atomic EDM, reaching an upper limit of |d(225Ra)| < 5x10×-22 e·cm (95% confidence) This work is supported by DOE, Office of Nuclear Physics (DE-AC02-06CH11357).