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Université de Fribourg

Observation of gravitationally induced vertical striation of polarized ultracold neutrons by spin-echo spectroscopy

Afach, S. ; Ayres, N. J. ; Ban, G. ; Bison, Georg ; Bodek, K. ; Chowdhuri, Z. ; Daum, M. ; Fertl, M. ; Franke, B. ; Griffith, W. C. ; Grujić, Z. D. ; Harris, P. G. ; Heil, W. ; Hélaine, V. ; Kasprzak, Malgorzata ; Kermaidic, Y. ; Kirch, K. ; Knowles, Paul E. ; Koch, H.-C. ; Komposch, S. ; Kozela, A. ; Krempel, J. ; Lauss, B. ; Lefort, T. ; Lemière, Y. ; Mtchedlishvili, A. ; Musgrave, M. ; Naviliat-Cuncic, O. ; Pendlebury, J. M. ; Piegsa, F. M. ; Pignol, G. ; Plonka-Spehr, C. ; Prashanth, P. N. ; Quéméner, G. ; Rawlik, M. ; Rebreyend, D. ; Ries, D. ; Roccia, S. ; Rozpedzik, D. ; Schmidt-Wellenburg, P. ; Severijns, N. ; Thorne, J. A. ; Weis, Antoine ; Wursten, E. ; Wyszynski, G. ; Zejma, J. ; Zenner, J. ; Zsigmond, G.

In: Physical Review Letters, 2015, vol. 115, no. 16, p. 162502

We describe a spin-echo method for ultracold neutrons (UCNs) confined in a precession chamber and exposed to a |B0|=1 μT magnetic field. We have demonstrated that the analysis of UCN spin-echo resonance signals in combination with knowledge of the ambient magnetic field provides an excellent method by which to reconstruct the energy spectrum of a confined ensemble of neutrons. The method...

Université de Fribourg

Dynamic stabilization of the magnetic field surrounding the neutron electric dipole moment spectrometer at the Paul Scherrer Institute

Afach, S. ; Bison, Georg ; Bodek, K. ; Burri, F. ; Chowdhuri, Z. ; Daum, M. ; Fertl, M. ; Franke, B. ; Grujic, Z. ; Hélaine, V. ; Henneck, R. ; Kasprzak, Malgorzata ; Kirch, K. ; Koch, H.-C. ; Kozela, A. ; Krempel, J. ; Lauss, B. ; Lefort, T. ; Lemière, Y. ; Meier, M. ; Naviliat-Cuncic, O. ; Piegsa, F. M. ; Pignol, G. ; Plonka-Spehr, C. ; Prashanth, P. N. ; Quéméner, G. ; Rebreyend, D. ; Roccia, S. ; Schmidt-Wellenburg, P. ; Schnabel, A. ; Severijns, N. ; Voigt, J. ; Weis, Antoine ; Wyszynski, G. ; Zejma, J. ; Zenner, J. ; Zsigmond, G.

In: Journal of Applied Physics, 2014, vol. 116, no. 8, p. 084510

The Surrounding Field Compensation (SFC) system described in this work is installed around the four-layer Mu-metal magnetic shield of the neutron electric dipole moment spectrometer located at the Paul Scherrer Institute. The SFC system reduces the DC component of the external magnetic field by a factor of about 20. Within a control volume of approximately 2.5 m × 2.5 m × 3 m,...

Université de Fribourg

Neutron to mirror-neutron oscillations in the presence of mirror magnetic fields

Altarev, I. ; Baker, C. A. ; Ban, G. ; Bodek, K. ; Daum, M. ; Fierlinger, P. ; Geltenbort, P. ; Green, K. ; Grinten, M. G. D. van der ; Gutsmiedl, E. ; Harris, P. G. ; Henneck, R. ; Horras, M. ; Iaydjiev, P. ; Ivanov, S. ; Khomutov, N. ; Kirch, K. ; Kistryn, S. ; Knecht, A. ; Knowles, Paul E. ; Kozela, A. ; Kuchler, F. ; Kuźniak, M. ; Lauer, T. ; Lauss, B. ; Lefort, T. ; Mtchedlishvili, A. ; Naviliat-Cuncic, O. ; Paul, S. ; Pazgalev, Anatoly ; Pendlebury, J. M. ; Petzoldt, G. ; Pierre, E. ; Plonka-Spehr, C. ; Quéméner, G. ; Rebreyend, D. ; Roccia, S. ; Rogel, G. ; Severijns, N. ; Shiers, D. ; Sobolev, Yu. ; Stoepler, R. ; Weis, Antoine ; Zejma, J. ; Zenner, J. ; Zsigmond, G.

In: Physical Review D, 2009, vol. 80, no. 3, p. 032003

We performed ultracold neutron storage measurements to search for additional losses due to neutron (n) to mirror-neutron (n') oscillations as a function of an applied magnetic field B. In the presence of a mirror magnetic field B', ultracold neutron losses would be maximal for B~B'. We did not observe any indication for...

Université de Fribourg

Towards a new measurement of the neutron electric dipole moment

Altarev, I. ; Ban, G. ; Bison, Georg ; Bodek, K. ; Burghoff, M. ; Cvijovic, Milan ; Daum, M. ; Fierlinger, P. ; Gutsmiedl, E. ; Hampel, G. ; Heil, W. ; Henneck, R. ; Horras, M. ; Khomutov, N. ; Kirch, K. ; Kistryn, S. ; Knappe-Grüneberg, S. ; Knecht, A. ; Knowles, Paul E. ; Kozela, A. ; Kratz, J. V. ; Kuchler, F. ; Kuźniak, M. ; Lauer, T. ; Lauss, B. ; Lefort, T. ; Mtchedlishvili, A. ; Naviliat-Cuncic, O. ; Paul, S. ; Pazgalev, Anatoly S. ; Petzoldt, G. ; Pierre, E. ; Plonka-Spehr, C. ; Quéméner, G. ; Rebreyend, D. ; Roccia, S. ; Rogel, G. ; Sander-Thoemmes, T. ; Schnabel, A. ; Severijns, N. ; Sobolev, Yu. ; Stoepler, R. ; Trahms, L. ; Weis, Antoine ; Wiehl, N. ; Zejma, J. ; Zsigmond, G.

In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, 2009, p. -

The effort towards a new measurement of the neutron electric dipole moment (nEDM) at the Paul Scherrer Institut's (PSI) new high intensity source of ultracold neutrons (UCN) is described. The experimental technique relies on Ramsey's method of separated oscillatory fields, using UCN in vacuum with the apparatus at ambient temperature. In the first phase, R&D towards the upgrade of the...

Université de Fribourg

Additional results from the first dedicated search for neutron–mirror–neutron oscillations

Bodek, K. ; Kistryn, S. ; Kuźniak, M. ; Zejma, J. ; Burghoff, M. ; Knappe-Grüneberg, S. ; Sander-Thoemmes, T. ; Schnabel, A. ; Trahms, L. ; Ban, G. ; Lefort, T. ; Naviliat-Cuncic, O. ; Khomutov, N. ; Knowles, Paul E. ; Pazgalev, Anatoly S. ; Weis, Antoine ; Rogel, G. ; Quéméner, G. ; Rebreyend, D. ; Roccia, S. ; Bison, Georg ; Severijns, N. ; Eberhardt, K. ; Hampel, G. ; Heil, W. ; Kratz, J.V. ; Lauer, T. ; Plonka-Spehr, C. ; Sobolev, Yu. ; Wiehl, N. ; Altarev, I. ; Fierlinger, P. ; Gutsmiedl, E. ; Paul, S. ; Stoepler, R. ; Daum, M. ; Henneck, R. ; Kirch, K. ; Knecht, A. ; Lauss, B. ; Mtchedlishvili, A. ; Petzoldt, G. ; Zsigmond, G.

In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, 2009///doi: 10.1016/j.nima.2009.07.047

The existence of a mirror world holding a copy of our ordinary particle spectrum could lead to oscillations between the neutron (n) and its mirror partner (n′). Such oscillations could manifest themselves in storage experiments with ultracold neutrons whose storage lifetime would depend on the applied magnetic field. Here, extended details and measurements from the first dedicated experimental...