Our very first (anti-)neutrino mass limit based on cyclotron radiation emission spectroscopy has hit the arXiv
With only a cm^3 scale physical detection volume, a limit of mβ<180 eV is extracted from the background-free measurement of the continuous tritium beta spectrum. Using 83mKr calibration data, an improved resolution of 1.66±0.16 eV (FWHM) is measured, the detector response model is validated, and the efficiency is characterized over the multi-keV tritium analysis window.
The European Spallation Source ESS will be the world's brightest neutron source located in Lund, Sweden. My colleagues and I have gathered our vision for Particle Physics at this upcoming facility in a paper whose draft is now availble on arXiv.
After last week's PSI 2022 conference we took the opportunity to visit two of the numerous experiments with PRISMA+ involvement. Ahmed Ouf (member of the AG Pohl) allowed us into his clean room where he is developping a unique pulsed laser to measure muonic atoms. We returned the favour and gave a tour of the new magnetically shielded room for the n2EDM experiment. Congratulation to Hassan, Noah and Martin for their great poster presentations.
Happy 10th anniversary to PRISMA+.
Let this short video take you on a tour through the various questions we are trying to answer within PRISMA+.
Welcome to Julian Auler and Brunilda Mucogllava! Julian has joined us a new graduate student on the tSPECT experiment. And Brunilda will perform her PhD research with the Project 8 group.
While at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory my group visited the ANNIE experiment whose PRISMA+
contributions are headed by Prof. Dr. Micheal Wurm. We gladly returned the hospitality and gave a tour of
muon g-2 experiment.
Our work to characterize the magnetic field distribution inside the setup that provides the currently
most stringent limit on the electric dipole moment of the neutron is now published in Physical Review A
Our work to extend the CRES technology to MeV-scale electrons/positrons was just uploaded to the arXiv.
The first observation of CRES signals at these high energies allows us to push the development of frequency-based searches for chirality-flipping interactions to the next level.
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Postdoc Dr. Larisa Thorne has been featured in the PRISMA+ series "Woran forschen Sie gerade?"
Finally back at FNAL to do some preparation work for Run 6 of Muon g-2!
I left FNAL on March 16, 2020 two days before the EU closed its borders due to COVID-19.
Feeling great working again on the magnetic field created by this amazing magnet!
Thank you Saskia Charity for the picture.
The muon g-2 result is still puzzeling the physics community all around the world.
Important pregress in calculating the theoretical prediction for the hadronic vacuum polarization contributions
was achieved by my colleahues H. Wittig and H. Meyer here in Mainz and the EMTC collaboration.
A recent article by Davide Castelvecchi, published on spektrum.de, provides a short accessible summary to the still puzzeling situation.
Today FB 08 was visited by an enthusiatic group of students from Colombia traveling through Germany to explore opportunities in research and education. It was a pleasure to provide a tour through the TRIGA research reactor faciltiy and to give a presentation about our neutron lifetime expeirment tSPECT. The students also visited the QUANTUM research groups of P. Windpassinger, F. Schmidt-Kaler and Ch. Smorra This travels supoorted through funds of the DAAD.
A description of the magnetically shielded room (MSR) for our next generation search for a permanent neutron electric dipole moment just hit the arXiv
This MSR provides the largest ultra-low magnetic field environment in the world.
A nice accessible explanation on how the muon beam for the Muon g-2 experiment is generated at Fermilab was rectently published in the Symmetry Magazine
Project 8 contibutions to the US Snowmass Process is up on the arXiv for you to read.
Congratulations to Dr. Christine Claessens, now at the Univeristy of Washington, for winning the 2022 dissertation award of the DPG section Matter And Cosmos for her excellent thesis and the preseantion at the
award symposium. The laudatio reads „Für ihre Dissertation und den Vortrag mit dem Titel: First tritium β-decay spectrum recorded with Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy (CRES). “ . The announcement can be found here.
© Christine Claessens
The Project 8 collaboration's contribution to the Snowmass process in the US is on the arXiv
Congratulations to Larisa for being a member of the KATRIN collaboration that just published a new upper limit for the effective neutrino mass: < 0.8 eV (90% C.L.). Check it out the Nature Physics paper here.
It's my pleasure to welcome Niklas Pfeifer as a new graduate student in my group.
Niklas will dedicate his efforts towards the tSPECT experiment.
Our EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) project aMUSE has finally started after Covid-related delays (PRISMA+ press release). We're looking forward to push the opportunities of
advanced Muon Campus in US and Europe (aMUSE, EU grant agreement: 101006726) with dedicated long-term deployments of staff to FNAL. Details about the project can be found on the project's webpage.
Happy New Year to everyone!
We are happy to welcome Dr. Evan Adamek in our group. Evan will support us with the tSPECT experimentand comes to us from always sunny Hawaii.
Physics World is listing our Muon g-2 result as one of their ten finalist candidates for their Breakthough of the Year for 2021. Project 8 was one of their top ten choices in 2015. Nature has listed us as one of their picks for "The science news that shaped 2021". Science News listes Muon g-2 as "discoveries from 2021, if true, could shake up science".
Martin is participating in the Falling Walls Summit 2021. Martin has the privilige to stand in for Chris Polly to present about the Muon g-2 experiment in the "Falling Walls Circle – Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Symposium for Breakthroughs in Physical Sciences". Chris has been nominated as one of the winners of 2021 in the category of physical science.
Please join us on November 10th, 2021, 18:30 for a "Parlamentarischer Abend". In this context our exhibition "PRÄZESION" will be presented for the first time: https://prisma.uni-mainz.de/ausstellung-praezision/ Please have a look at the webpage which also features some content of the exhibition panels.
It's my pleasure to welcome Dr. Evan Adamek as a new postdoc in my group.
Congratulations to Dr. Kim Ross. A great achievement and very good thesis!
What a great cart representiing tSPECT
And the traditional horse ride was possible again.
A decription of the absolute magnetic field standard for the muon g-2 experiment is now on the arXiv https://arxiv.org/abs/2109.08992
We recently took the chance to reconvene nearly the full group to say goodbye to Christian who moved on to
an new position. All the best, Christian!
July 1, 2021 Dr. Larisa Thorne has joined our group as a postdoc on the Project 8 experiment.
Welcome to Mainz, Larisa!
May 3, 2021 We have been visitied by Ingolf Baur from the 3sat science magazine nano
and his cameraperson Philip Flämig for interviews in the context of our new muon g-2
result. The contribution is accessible in the 3sat mediathek.
(Foto: ZDF/3sat nano)
April 30, 2021 A small selection of the press coverage this month.
April 7, 2021 A poster summarizing our results (a high resolution version is available here)
April 7, 2021 Today is the day!
The Physical Review Letter describing our result is available here
The description of the analysis of the magnetic field is published in Physical Review A
The description of the analysis of the anomalous precession frequency is published in Physical Review D
You can watch a recording of the seminar here:
The Symmetry Magazin has published another article on Muon g-2.
Fermilab has also produced a great explanatory video.
The result is featured in Physics Viewpoint
In a Physics Special Edition Jorge Cham, aka PhD comics, explains the experiment.
April 2021 Our Muon g-2 collaboration at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will present the long-awaited results of its first physics data taking campaign on April 7th, 2021 (17:00 German time). A Nature news article can be found here. An article in the Symmetry Magazine covered the efforts assemble the magnet and to homogenize the magnetic field in the storage ring. The access link to the presentation will be available in time here.
March 2021 The virtual DPG spring meeting is ongoing. Looking forward to the talks presented by our students and postdoc.
March 2021 Congratulations to Christine Claessens for passing her PhD exam with flying colors. Her thesis work on Project 8 addressed the “Event detection in Project 8 - Detection efficiency and its implications for the
first tritium spectrum recorded with Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy”. We are really happy to see
that she will continue to work on Project 8 at CENPA, Seattle.
January 2021 Dr. René Reimann was awarded the GNN dissertation award (https://www.globalneutrinonetwork.org/) for his doctoral thesis titled "Search for the Sources of the Astrophysical High-Energy Muon-Neutrino Flux with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory" (RWTH Aachen, 2019). Congratulations René!
January 2021 Carl-Fabian Strid has joined our group as a graduate student on the tSPECT experiment.
Welcome to Mainz, Carl-Fabian!
October 2020 Hassan Qureshi has joined us as a graduate student to work on the Muon g-2 experiment. Welcome Hassan!
September 2020 The European Commission just approved our Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchanges (RISE) 2020 proposal "aMUSE (advanced Muon Campus in US and Europe contribution)". We are looking forward to travel again to Fermilab in support of the muon g-2 experiment after the Covid-19 situation is under control.
July 2020: Project 8 graduate student, Christine Claessens, is featured in the PRISMA+ news series
"Woran forschen Sie gerade?". Christine is reporting about her stay abroad in Seattle and her participation with the TRIMS experiment that just publsihed its result in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations Christine!
June 2020: A new consensus value for the theoretical expectation of the muon g-2 has been released and can be found here. For more detauils about the involvement of JGU physicist in Muon g-2, please read the press release.
March 2020: We are happy to welcome Dr. René Reimann as a postdoc to our group. René is joining in to our efforts in the muon g-2 and Project 8 experiments.
February 2020: We just finished a great beam time with the τSPECT experiment at the UCN source of the JGU TRIGA reactor facility. Way to go, team!
February 2020: Our Measurement of the Permanent Electric Dipole Moment of the Neutron has been published in Physical Review Letters as an Editor's suggestion and is discussed in Physics, in Physics World and in this JGU press release. And here are some press articles about the result on spektrum.de, derstandard.de and nzz.ch.
December 2019: Muon g-2 listed by Nature as one of "The science events to watch for in 2020".