Friday, June 7, 2013

1306.1252 (P. G. Harris et al.)

Gravitationally enhanced depolarization of ultracold neutrons in
magnetic field gradients, and implications for neutron electric dipole moment

P. G. Harris, J. M. Pendlebury, N. E. Devenish
Trapped ultracold neutrons (UCN) have for many years been the mainstay of experiments to search for the electric dipole moment (EDM) of the neutron, a critical parameter in constraining scenarios of new physics beyond the Standard Model. Because their energies are so low, UCN preferentially populate the lower region of their physical enclosure, and do not sample uniformly the ambient magnetic field throughout the storage volume. This leads to a substantial increase in the rate of depolarization, as well as to shifts in the measured frequency of the stored neutrons. Consequences for EDM measurements are discussed.
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