Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: Why CP Violation Might Explain Everything About the Universe

Why should we care about the existence of the electron electric dipole moment (EDM)? In a previous post, we established that the existence of an electron EDM would imply a violation of a symmetry in physics called CP-symmetry, or CP violation (CPV). But it isn’t clear why CPV has any importance beyond being something interesting … Continue reading “Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: Why CP Violation Might Explain Everything About the Universe”

Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: Symmetries in Physics

In this series so far, we’ve discussed a lot about the physics of the ACME EDM experiment: the atomic physics methods we use to look for a small asymmetry in the electron’s charge distribution. However, we’ve never tackled the big question directly: why does the electron’s charge distribution matter at all? The precision achieved on the … Continue reading “Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: Symmetries in Physics”

Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: Differential Measurements to the Extreme

In our overview of the ACME experiment, we outlined the broad method of the experiment: we measure the deformation in the shape of the electron by performing spin precession on the molecule ThO. In the post about atomic structure, we outlined the basics of energy levels in a molecule, as well as that of ThO itself. … Continue reading “Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: Differential Measurements to the Extreme”

Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: Atomic Structure

In the first two general articles I wrote about the ACME EDM experiment, I outlined the basic goal of the experiment (to measure the electron electric dipole moment) and the broad principle of how we accomplish that (by performing a spin precession measurement on a molecule in an electric field). Here, I will get into … Continue reading “Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: Atomic Structure”

Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: A Simple Overview

In the first introductory post of this series I outlined the immense precision of the ACME experiment in measuring the electron’s “shape.” A natural followup question is, how did we do that? In this post I will outline the basic measurement scheme in our experiment in the most general way possible, avoiding most of the technical … Continue reading “Guide to the ACME EDM Experiment: A Simple Overview”

Introducing the ACME EDM Experiment

It’s been almost two months since I last updated this blog, and the reason is because I’ve been utterly busy with both my courses and all the research going on in my experiment. As you may have read on my biography page, I am a physics Ph.D. student in the Gabrielse group at Harvard University, … Continue reading “Introducing the ACME EDM Experiment”