The Search for Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Chirality,

Trace Detection and Sticking

using Cold Molecules

J.M. Doyle

Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.


Research using cold molecules has produced significant scientific results in several areas of science including particle physics, condensed matter physics and physical chemistry. In this talk I will give an overview of our recent experiment that used could molecules to place a new limit on the electron electric dipole moment. This strongly constrains possible new physics at the TeV scale. I will also describe collision studies with cold polyatomic molecules, and a new approach to determining the chirality of molecules. I will discuss the experimental success of this new chiral detection method, our efforts on trace detection using buffer-gas cooling, and our progress on answering the question of sticking of single atoms to large molecules at low temperatures.