Measurement of the 1S-2S Transition in Antihydrogen

Art Olin (TRIUMF)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2018-04-19 14:00 - 15:00
TRIUMF Auditorium

The precise measurement of the 1S-2S transition in atomic hydrogen via 2-photon spectroscopy determines the value of the Rydberg and constrains our knowledge of the fundamental constants. The prospect of such a measurement in antihydrogen to test CPT motivated the construction two decades ago of the CERN AD and its initial program . The measurement of this transition in antihydrogen by the ALPHA collaboration is the most precise ever made on antimatter, and its comparison with the hydrogen value is a strong test of CPT symmetry. This talk will discuss some of the developments that were required, both in the production of the antihydrogen and in spectroscopy in the environment containing the trapped particles. Prospects for improved precision will be presented.

ALPHA collaboration M. Ahmadi, B.X.R Alves, C.J.Baker, W. Bertsche, A. Capra, C.Carruth, C.L. Cesar, M. Charlton, S. Cohen, S. Eriksson, A.L. Evans, N. Evetts, J. Fajans, T. Friesen, M.C. Fujiwara, D.R. Gill, J.S. Hangst, W.N. Hardy, M.E. Hayden,, C.A. Isaac, M.A. Johnson, J.M. Jones, S.A. Jones, S. Jonsell, A. Khramov, P. Knapp, L. Kurchaninov, N. Madsen, D. Maxwell, J.T.K. McKenna, S. Menary, T. Momose, J.J. Munich, K. Olchanski, A. Olin, P. Pusa, C.O. Rasmussen, F. Robicheaux, R.L. Sacramento, M. Sameed, E. Sarid, D.M. Silveira, C. So, T. D. Tharp.
R.I. Thompson, D.P. van der Werf, J.S. Wurtele.

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