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Development of a cold atomic muonium beam for next generation atomic physics and gravity experiments

by Anna Soter, Andreas Knecht

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Authors (as Contributors): Anna Soter
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Preprint link: scipost_202106_00044v2
Date accepted: 2021-08-12
Date submitted: 2021-08-01 13:06
Submitted by: Soter, Anna
Submitted to: SciPost Physics Proceedings
Proceedings issue: Review of Particle Physics at PSI
Ontological classification
Academic field: Physics
  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - Experiment
Approach: Experimental


A high-intensity, low-emittance atomic muonium (M) beam is being developed, which would enable improving the precision of M spectroscopy measurements, and may allow a direct observation of the M gravitational interaction. Measuring the free fall of M atoms would be the first test of the weak equivalence principle using elementary antimatter ($\mu^+$) and a purely leptonic system. Such an experiment relies on the high intensity, continuous muon beams available at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Switzerland), and a proposed novel M source. In this paper, the theoretical motivation and principles of this experiment are described.

Published as SciPost Phys. Proc. 5, 031 (2021)

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Minor revisions requested by Referee 2 were addressed.

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