Bulletin of the American Physical Society
43rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume 57, Number 5
Monday–Friday, June 4–8, 2012; Orange County, California
Session K1: Poster Session II (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Room: Royal Ballroom
Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.DAMOP.K1.143
Abstract: K1.00143 : Test of Lorentz Invariance at the South Pole Using a Rotating Co-magnetometer*
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Among various experiments used to test Lorentz invariance, one of the most sensitive laboratory techniques is a measurement of nuclear spin-precession, descendant from the original Hughes and Drever experiments. In recent years, our rotating co-magnetometer has set the most stringent limits on vector and tensor Lorentz violation for fermions. A major limiting factor of spin-precession measurements is a large background signal due to the projection of the Earth's rotation onto the sensitive axis of the co-magnetometer, which also acts as a sensitive gyroscope. To greatly suppress this background, we present our plans to move the rotating co-magnetometer experiment to the South Pole Station, where the Earth's rotation direction and the direction of local gravity coincide. Rotating the co-magnetometer around this axis will eliminate any terrestrial background signals. We will present the latest results for the short-term sensitivity of the comagnetometer, which should enable an improvement of the current Lorentz-violation limits by three orders of magnitude at the South Pole.
*This research funded by NSF grant \#Phy-0969862.
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