We are building an experiment to search for the electron's electric dipole moment in laser-cooled and trapped polyatomic molecules. These molecules offer robust systematic error rejection via internal co-magnetometer states, and provide a route to explore PeV-scale CP-violating physics.
“Polyatomic molecules give us life and reasons to live”
Peter van der Straten and Hal Metcalf
Atoms and Molecules Interacting with Light
Support and Funding
29 June 2021
Fine and hyperfine interactions in 171YbOH and 173YbOH paper published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.
22 May 2021
Vibronic branching theory + experiment paper posted on the arXiv.
12 February 2021
Paper on the laser spectroscopy of ytterbium monomethoxide (YbOCH3) published in Phys. Rev. A
11 February 2021
YbOH axionlike particle sensitivity paper published in Phys. Rev. A
2 December 2020
Paper on the laser spectroscopy of ytterbium monomethoxide (YbOCH3) posted on the arXiv
4 May 2020
Our recent results were featured in Physics World.
31 March 2020
Branching ratio paper published in special issue of Journal Of Chemical Physics A
26 Feb 2020
Learn more about the motivation for some of our research in this Minute Physics video about the missing anti-matter in the universe.
19 Feb 2020
Chemical enhancement and laser cooling papers published in New Journal of Physics.
14 Feb 2020
YbOH branching ratio paper put on the arXiv.
1 Feb 2020
22 November 2019
Field-free, Stark, and Zeeman spectroscopy of YbOH published in PRA.
25 October 2019
19 April 2019
YbOH effective internal field paper published in PRA.
10 Jan 2019
Theoretical calculation of electron EDM sensitivity in YbOH and BaOH posted to arXiv.
20 November 2018
YbOH rotational spectrum published in Chemical Physics Letters.
7 October 2018
We put a paper on the arXiv describing some measurements of the rotational structure of the YbOH ground state. These measurements were performed at ASU using a supersonic beam of YbOH.
23 July 2018
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