26–30 November 2018 Searching for New Physics with cold and controlled Molecules
Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Europe/Berlin timezone
Recently a remarkable progress has been achieved in control over both internal and external degrees of freedom for a wide range of molecules. In particular, direct laser and optoelectric cooling of polyatomic molecules has been successfully demonstrated. This opens a way for much higher precision in measuring tiny effects in molecular spectra connected with possible new physical forces, including exotic spin-dependent interactions and parity (P) and time-reversal invariance (T) violating interactions. In this context, considerable interest would present, for example, identification of closed-shell chiral laser-coolable molecules. On the other hand, consideration of P- and P,T-odd effects for classes of molecules that were already successfully cooled and trapped is of great interest. The workshop aims to bring together experimentalists and theorists working both on molecular control and cooling of molecules and ions and on the effects caused by new physical forces. The expected impact may include new proposals to search for the electron’s electric dipole moment, nuclear anapole and Schiff moments, search for axion-like dark matter and other experiments using precisely controlled molecules. The workshop will also offer an opportunity to review new directions in molecular cooling and control, as well as achievements in laser and NMR techniques.