Looking for Fossils of the Big Bang in Molecular Spectra

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

CTQM Seminar Type: 

  • Related Seminar Series

Speaker Name(s): 

Eric Cornell

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

JILA, University of Colorado

Abstract, Event Details: 

How can you learn about the early moments of the universe? How can you discover evidence for new sub-atomic particles? We usually think of ever-more exotic telescopes, or of ever-larger particle accelerators. I will talk about the third leg of the stool: precision measurement. We will see that the humble two-atom molecule should be thought of as an ultrahigh electric-field laboratory.