CoQuS-Talk David Moore, Yale University

14.10.2019 17:00 - 19:00

on “Precision searches for new physics using optically levitated sensors”

New technologies building on tools developed in atomic and optical physics are enabling the control of mechanical objects in the quantum regime. Such technologies can provide extreme
sensitivity to tiny forces and accelerations acting on massive objects, allowing new searches for  weakly coupled interactions that could be related to dark matter, dark energy, or other new
physics beyond the Standard Model.  These experiments at the "precision frontier" of particle  physics may give the first hints of new processes that occur at energies out of reach of direct
searches at particle accelerators.

I will describe work to develop optomechanical force sensors capable of detecting sub-attonewton forces acting on optically trapped, micron-sized test masses. Such sensors can
allow the detection of new forces that appear at shorter distance, or weaker coupling, than could be identified with previous techniques.  I will present results to-date from using these
sensors to search for dark matter particles with tiny electric charges as well as new forces  that appear in certain models attempting to account for dark energy.  Future development
of these techniques can enable a new generation of sensitive searches for "fifth" forces that could arise from physics beyond the Standard Model.


Monday  14 October 2019,

16:30  get-together with coffee and snacks!


Lise Meitner Lecture Hall, , Strudlhofgasse 4, 1st floor, 1090 Vienna


The seminar talk will be preceded by a CoQuS Student talk at 17:00h by

Jakob Hinney

TU Wien

"Observation of Squeezed Light from an Ensemble of Weakly Coupled Emitters



Hosted by: Markus Aspelmeyer

Lise Meitner Lecture Hall, , Strudlhofgasse 4, 1st floor, 1090 Vienna