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DOE Awards Spinlab Early Career Research Funding

Towards a Next Generation Search for Time-Reversal Violation Using Optically Addressable Nuclei in Cryogenic Solids Certain rare pear-shaped nuclei have unmatched sensitivity to new kinds of forces between subatomic particles that are not the same when the arrow of time is reversed. Such forces are believed to be responsible for the near absence of antimatter ...

NSF Awards Spinlab CAREER Grant

CAREER: Optical Single Atom Detection for Nuclear Astrophysics This award supports the development, construction, and commissioning of an optical microscope capable of imaging individual atoms that are captured inside a thin film of frozen neon. Initially, this single atom microscope will capture and count the number of magnesium atoms produced in collisions of neon and ...

Observation of a Two-Photon Transition in Xenon

This weekly win post is for the winner announced on October 3rd, for the work done during the week  of Sept 26-30. The win this week was awarded to a group composed of Spinlab members Steven Fromm, Jaideep Singh, Liam Clink, and University of Michigan student Skyler Degenkolb. After many long days (and nights) of preparation ...

Development of high-performance alkali-hybrid polarized He-3 targets for electron scattering

This paper (Phys. Rev. C 91, 055205 (2015)) published on May 21 was in large part based on my PhD dissertation from UVa. It describes how we improved polarized He-3 target performance by about an order of magnitude over the course of a decade. This paper was highlighted by the Editor’s Suggestion of Physical Review C and ...

Spinlab is Open for Business

Our group applies a variety of atomic, molecular, & optical physics techniques to answer fundamental questions in nuclear and particle physics. Our passion is creating, manipulating, and detecting spin-polarized nuclei. Our long terms goals are to: Observe time-reversal symmetry violation in nuclei, which may explain the origin of matter in the Universe Study the evolution of ...