Measuring nuclear-spin-dependent parity violation with molecules: Experimental methods and analysis of systematic errors
Nuclear-spin-dependent parity violation (NSD-PV) effects in atoms and molecules arise from Z0 boson exchange between electrons and the nucleus and from the magnetic interaction between electrons and the parity-violating nuclear anapole moment. It has been proposed to study NSD-PV effects using an enhancement of the observable effect in diatomic molecules [D. DeMille et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 023003 (2008), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.023003]. Here we demonstrate highly sensitive measurements of this type, using the test system 138Ba19F. We show that systematic errors associated with our technique can be suppressed to at least the level of the present statistical sensitivity. With ∼170 h of data, we measure the matrix element W of the NSD-PV interaction with uncertainty δ W /(2 π )<0.7 Hz for each of two configurations where W must have different signs. This sensitivity would be sufficient to measure NSD-PV effects of the size anticipated across a wide range of nuclei.
Physical Review A
- Pub Date:
- April 2018
- Physics - Atomic Physics;
- Nuclear Experiment
- 25 pages, 15 figures, This longer article provides more details about our experimental techniques, measurement methods and analysis of the systematic uncertainty described briefly in the short version in arXiv:1801.05316