Gray Rybka, UW Physics
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Cyclotron Radiation Emission Spectroscopy (CRES) is a new technique for beta decay spectroscopy being developed that builds on UW's strong history of using trapped particles to make fundamental physics measurements. With CRES, a cyclotron frequency measurement of trapped beta decay electrons is used to infer the energy of the decay. This technique has promise to combine an excellent energy resolution with a large acceptance compared to methods currently in use. I will discuss current measurements of Kr83m decays to refine the technique as well as progress towards future applications such as measuring the neutrino mass scale with the Project 8 experiment and testing sterile neutrino models of dark matter.