Colloquium Chris Rasmussen (Alpha Collaboration)
18 - 05 - 2018 om 11:00 tot 18 - 05 - 2018 om 12:00
Friday 18 May, 11.00h, at Nikhef in H331.
Speaker: Chris Rasmussen (Alpha Collaboration)
Title: “1S-2S Spectroscopy of Antihydrogen in the ALPHA Experiment”
Precision measurements of magnetically trapped antihydrogen provides a unique and powerful way to test matter-antimatter symmetries. A cornerstone of the standard model, CPT symmetry demands that the spectrum of antihydrogen be identical to that of its ordinary matter counterpart. Of particular interest is the 1S-2S transition which has been measured in hydrogen with the remarkable relative precision of a few parts in 1015, and promises a particularly elegant and high precision test of CPT symmetry by comparis onto antihydrogen.
In 2016, the ALPHA collaboration made the first observation of the 1S-2S transition in antihydrogen, and very recently this measurement was drastically improved to reach
a fractional precision of 2x 10-12. The observed frequency in antihydrogen is consistent with CPT symmetry at the current level of precision.
In this talk, I will present this latest measurement of the 1S-2S transition and introduce the methods of anti-atom spectroscopy developed by ALPHA. Finally, I will touch on future improvements needed to take this milestone measurement to the same precision as its hydrogen counterpart.
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