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Vijay Singh

Dr Vijay Singh

Research Fellow


Imperial College London

Research summary

Using cryogenic helium buffer gas cooling, moving trap Zeeman decelerator, and laser cooling techniques, we aim to cool a large number of polar molecules down to 100 microKelvins above absolute zero. Such a low temperature would allow us a precise control over their all internal and external degrees of freedom. We then would use these molecules for precision measurements and quantum simulations. In precision measurements we would like to search for the electric dipole moment of electron with an unprecedented sensitivity. The existence of electric dipole moment of electron is an unambiguous proof of a new physics beyond the standard model of the particle physics. On the other hand in quantum simulations, we would like to simulate the strongly interacting quantum systems such as lattice spin models and high Tc-superconductors. A deep insight to these systems could be a technological breakthrough because it could be an important step towards designing novel medicines and materials, which do not exist in nature.

Grants awarded

Design for a fountain of YbF molecules to measure the electron's electric dipole moment

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Value: £99,000