Quo Vadis Thorium-229: New results on the laser-accessible nuclear transition

by Prof. Thorsten Schumm

Director Of The Atominstitut, Tu Wien
at Quantum optics seminar

Wed, 17 Mar 2021, 15:00


Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88076683482
Abstract: The radio isotope Thorium-229 is expected to present a remarkably low-energy excited (isomer) state of the nucleus which is expected around 10 eV. It might hence be possible to directly excite the atomic nucleus with UV (laser) radiation, creating a bridge between atomic and nuclear physics. The (expected) narrow line width of the transition and the intrinsic robustness of nuclear transitions to external fields makes it a promising candidate for a new frequency standard - a "nuclear clock". In this presentation we will review the current state of knowledge on the low-energy nuclear transition in Thorium-229 and the ongoing quest to measure it’s exact energy.

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