Opportunities in Probing Nuclei Trapped in Noble Gas Solids
- Jaideep Singh, Technische Universität München
Thursday, January 30, 11:00 AM - Special Seminar
NSCL Lecture Hall
Noble gas solids (NGS) are a promising medium for the capture, detection, and manipulation of atoms and nuclear spins. They provide stable & chemically inert confinement for a wide variety of guest species. Because NGS are transparent at optical wavelengths, the guest species can be probed using lasers. Longitudinal and transverse nuclear spin relaxation times of a guest species can be made very long under well understood and feasible conditions. Potential applications include measurements of rare nuclear reactions and tests of fundamental symmetries. In this talk, I will present the results of our optical spectroscopic study of ytterbium atoms embedded in a frozen neon matrix, the prospects of optical single atom detection for studying rare nuclear reactions, and the prospects of optically pumping Yb-171 nuclei in solid neon.