Precision measurements of weak transition moments using interfering coherent optical interactions

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 3:30pm
Daniel Elliott, Purdue University
Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Physics Conference Room LD 154B

Using two coherent optical excitations of an atomic transition, one may observe interference between these interactions, resulting in control of the total transition rate. This can allow for sensitive detection of weak transition moments, in a manner analogous to heterodyne detection techniques for sensitive detection of weak optical or microwave signals. In this colloquium, we will discuss recent results in measuring weak transition moments, and outline progress toward a measurement of the weak-force-induced parity non-conserving interaction, in atomic cesium.


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