2-7 June 2016
Auditorium Maximum
Europe/Warsaw timezone
14th International Workshop on Meson Production, Properties and Interaction
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Contribution plenary talk

Auditorium Maximum - Medium lecture hall (A,B)

Search for electric dipole moments in storage rings


  • Paolo LENISA

Primary authors



Abstract content

An electric dipole aligned along the spin axis of a fundamental particle, nucleus, or atomic system violates both parity conservation and time reversal invariance. The observation of such a phenomenon would, at present or proposed levels of experimental sensitivity, signal new physics beyond the Standard Model.

The usual method for identifying an electric dipole moment (EDM) in such searches is to observe the rotation of the spin axis or polarization under the influence of a strong electric field. The use of a storage ring opens the search to charged, polarized particles such as the proton, deuteron, 3He, etc. that would otherwise not be manageable in such a field. The best procedure begins with the alignment of the beam polarization along the velocity of the beam followed by the observation of any slow rotation of that polarization into the vertical direction perpendicular to the ring. Electric ring fields of the right strength or the correct combination of electric and magnetic ring fields are needed to ensure that the polarization does not rotate relative to the velocity (“frozen” spin). This imposes several feasibility requirements. First, the ring must utilize a special combination of higher order fields to ensure that the usually unstable polarization along the direction of the velocity remains for times up to 1000 s to allow any EDM effect to accumulate to a measurable level. Second, the beam must be slowly sampled during the storage time by a polarimeter capable of detecting a change in the vertical polarization of several μrad over the 1000 s storage time. The required large polarimeter efficiency and polarization sensitivity may be achieved by continuously extracting the beam onto a carbon target several cm thick.

Dedicated studies are presently performed at the COSY Storage Ring at FZ-Juelich. Recently it was successfully demonstrated the use of higher-order (sextupole) fields in the storage ring to lengthen the coherence time of the stored, horizontal beam polarization. In addition, unprecedented precision in the measurement of spin-tune has been reached allowing the implementation of a control system for the phase of the spin-precessing beam.

This presentation is meant to provide a general introduction to the EDM search by means of polarized beams in storage rings and to highlight the developments at the COSY ring towards the first direct measurement of the deuteron EDM.