Hunting the Electron Electric Dipole Moment

  • Antoine Weis
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 358)


The CPT theorem, the fact that the “laws of physics”1 are invariant with respect to the combined discrete symmetry operations C (charge conjugation = matter-antimatter exchange), P (parity = mirror symmetry) and T (time reversal), is one of the uppermost credos of modern physics (Jost, 1960; Streater and Wightman, 1964). On the other hand there is no fundamental reason for each symmetry operation to be conserved individually. The experimental discovery of parity violation in β-decay in 1957 therefore profoundly changed our view of the discrete symmetry laws governing atomic and subatomic processes. Parity violation has since been investigated in a great variety of systems including elementary particles, nuclei and atoms and is well understood today in the frame of the so-called standard model of electroweak interactions developed in the sixties.


Electric Dipole Moment Atomic Beam Parity Violation Static Electric Field Neutron Electric Dipole Moment 
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  • Antoine Weis
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany

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